Mitchell - Concerto Grosso for Three Trombones and Orchestra
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The Concerto Grosso for Three Trombones and Orchestra, by Lyndol Mitchell was composed in 1961 as part of his Doctoral dissertation at the Eastman School of Music. It was first performed in 1963 at a memorial concert for the composer after his untimely death. The performers were six students of Emory Remington, including Ralph Sauer and Don King. The work is is subtitled in stile Barocco and is in three movements. Movement I. begins with an somber introductory Adagio followed by an Allegro in the style of a Bach Fugue led by the three soloists. Movement II.A slow and serious Larghetto in C minor. Movement III. is a Presto in D minor in a Toccata style, full of many mixed meter bars that add small rhythmic surprises along the way. The thirteen minute work is appropriate for advanced performers. The hand copied score and parts for Concerto Grosso were "rediscovered" in the Sibley Library at the Eastman School of Music by Jeremy Kempton who then engraved and proofed them. He performed the work in 2011 with colleagues for the first time since its premier in 1963.