Top, Edward

Edward Top was born in Ommen, the Netherlands, in 1972. Top has lived and worked in London, Bangkok, and Rotterdam. He now lives in Vancouver, Canada. Top studied composition and ...

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Bass Trombone Concerto : for bass trombone and orchestra / Edward Top

Publisher's number: 15204
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Subgenre: Trombone and orchestra
Scoring: trb-b-solo 2fl 2ob 2cl 2fg 4h 2trp trb timp perc pf str
Duration: 14'00"
Year of composition: 2015
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

The bass trombone isn’t particularly what comes to mind when talking about a solo concerto. How does one find a balance between soloist and orchestra for one of the loudest instruments? How do you compose soaring melodies over a gentle orchestral accompaniment for a seemingly untamed beast? Actually, after many attempts in vain over a period of six months, I came to realize how the rough edges of the bass trombone (as much as its endlessly polished beauty, as soloist Scott MacInnes had showed on several of our meetings), were perhaps exactly the right angle for this Concerto.
A common theme in my work is man vs. nature, or in this particular case: soloist vs orchestra. In this Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra the theme is open to interpretation. Could it be the Romantic heroism of the individual fighting the forces of a sublime and untamed wilderness? Or, on the other hand, could it mean how we live in peace and harmony with the dramatic landscape of the high mountains, the deep valleys and the clear lakes right outside of the comfort of our urban lives? Perhaps nature is rather the vast introspective still life of our innermost being. Man vs. his own nature: making his way through the wilderness of his expectation, memory and paranoia. The bass trombone shows its individuality in virtuosic, cadenza-like melodies that are absorbed in an aura of static or arpeggiated harmonies in the vast orchestral landscape. A slow chorale plays an important role throughout the Concerto, and is first presented in the woodwind at the opening of the work.
The concerto for bass trombone and orchestra was commissioned by the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra and its principal bass trombonist Scott MacInnes as part of the Legacy Project, where five Canadian composers write new concertos for principal players of the VIS.

Edward Top, 2016

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