Alice's Humoresque - (2016)
tenor trombone and piano
British conductor Christopher Moulds was guest at our table mid-week for
good food, strong drink and good, strong conversation. In the midst of
talking of his family, I learned that his daughter, Alice, was studying the
trombone. Humorously I said I would scrawl a wee piece, having had his reply to my query, "name three numbers between one
and ten" The numbers: 3, 7 and 4. The next morning this and a cup
of coffee were for breakfast.
C scale, E, B and F, make a fine start for a piece, and so the trombone
states Chris' numbers over arpeggios of related triads with each thematic
note as component.
bass line of the thematic notes then is used as at measure 7, and thereafter
the three "numbers" also define tonal domains as an up tempo, syncopated
song is taken up by the players. One should have fun with this, of course.
pages, circa 3' 00" - an MP3 demo is here:
The score is available as a free PDF download, though any major
commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior
arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this score.