Trombone Trios

Post Reply
User avatar
Cotboneman
Posts: 41
Joined: Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:16 pm
Location: Tucson, AZ
Contact:

Trombone Trios

Post by Cotboneman » Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:42 pm

I find that playing trombone trio music is, depending on the arranger or composer of course, a little more rewarding for the players. The parts tend to more interesting for everyone, and for us older guys, and guys who have been away from playing awhile, that first part doesn't always call for belting out high C's, or the 3rd part pedal F's all day. I'm thinking specifically of trios arrangements by Ostrander, or original collections by Pederson, Uber or even Premru.

I have access to a decent library, but was wondering if any one else had some favorites to suggest in building, or expanding a trio book, intermediate to advanced levels.
Last edited by Cotboneman on Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:03 pm, edited 2 times in total.
User avatar
BGuttman
Posts: 2252
Joined: Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:19 am
Location: Cow Hampshire

Re: Trombone Trios

Post by BGuttman » Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:19 pm

I had a piece published by Kendor called "Trio for Trombones" by Beethoven. It was his "Abschiedgesang". It's a chorale and fugue and if the bass Trombone gets carried away kicking off the fugue the 1st and 2nd have to hang on for dear life.

Another trio I like is called "Trio for Trombones" by Mendelssohn. It's the Angel Trio from Elijah (Lift Thine Eyes). Very easy but pretty.

If I get a chance to look in my trio book I'll find more suggestions.
Bruce Guttman
Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra
"Almost Professional"
Elow
Posts: 281
Joined: Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:18 am

Re: Trombone Trios

Post by Elow » Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:32 pm

BGuttman wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:19 pm
I had a piece published by Kendor called "Trio for Trombones" by Beethoven. It was his "Abschiedgesang". It's a chorale and fugue and if the bass Trombone gets carried away kicking off the fugue the 1st and 2nd have to hang on for dear life.

Another trio I like is called "Trio for Trombones" by Mendelssohn. It's the Angel Trio from Elijah (Lift Thine Eyes). Very easy but pretty.

If I get a chance to look in my trio book I'll find more suggestions.
Is the book for purchase?

Edit: hey my name is elijah
User avatar
BGuttman
Posts: 2252
Joined: Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:19 am
Location: Cow Hampshire

Re: Trombone Trios

Post by BGuttman » Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:47 pm

My "book" is a folder with a collection of sheet music. You can buy anything I have from outfits like Hickey's or Sheet Music Plus.
Bruce Guttman
Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra
"Almost Professional"
Posaunus
Posts: 931
Joined: Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:54 pm
Location: California

Re: Trombone Trios

Post by Posaunus » Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:07 pm

BGuttman wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:47 pm
You can buy anything I have from outfits like Hickey's or Sheet Music Plus.
:good:

Thanks to places like Hickey's and Sheet Music Plus (and a few others), I have music to play during the current pandemic isolation. Let's try to keep them all in business by purchasing instead of borrowing / copying!
User avatar
Cotboneman
Posts: 41
Joined: Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:16 pm
Location: Tucson, AZ
Contact:

Re: Trombone Trios

Post by Cotboneman » Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:01 pm

BGuttman wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:19 pm
I had a piece published by Kendor called "Trio for Trombones" by Beethoven. It was his "Abschiedgesang". It's a chorale and fugue and if the bass Trombone gets carried away kicking off the fugue the 1st and 2nd have to hang on for dear life.

Another trio I like is called "Trio for Trombones" by Mendelssohn. It's the Angel Trio from Elijah (Lift Thine Eyes). Very easy but pretty.

If I get a chance to look in my trio book I'll find more suggestions.
Yes that's a good one. I have that one, and yes, the bass trombone does go on a lark in the fugue! Thanks for looking!
hyperbolica
Posts: 1059
Joined: Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:31 am

Re: Trombone Trios

Post by hyperbolica » Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:04 am

I've got a big quartet book, but not many trios. Of the trios I have, I've got two that are fun and good music. Jeff's Jaunt by David Stephen Powell is kinda jazzy with a couple high Cs in the 1st and 2nd parts. It's up tempo and fun. And then there's Triotje ("little trio" in Dutch) by Michael Eversden which is more modern, jazz rhythms, some complex meters, pedal notes in 3rd part. This one takes practice to pull it together mostly due to rhythm.
User avatar
Cotboneman
Posts: 41
Joined: Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:16 pm
Location: Tucson, AZ
Contact:

Re: Trombone Trios

Post by Cotboneman » Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:21 pm

hyperbolica wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:04 am
I've got a big quartet book, but not many trios. Of the trios I have, I've got two that are fun and good music. Jeff's Jaunt by David Stephen Powell is kinda jazzy with a couple high Cs in the 1st and 2nd parts. It's up tempo and fun. And then there's Triotje ("little trio" in Dutch) by Michael Eversden which is more modern, jazz rhythms, some complex meters, pedal notes in 3rd part. This one takes practice to pull it together mostly due to rhythm.
I'll look them up, thanks!
User avatar
torobone
Posts: 56
Joined: Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:14 pm
Location: Toronto

Re: Trombone Trios

Post by torobone » Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:20 pm

I played trios with two bassoons, and one of them was pretty good at finding free stuff. Some ideas:

Boismoitier trios - only for flute, but nicely transcribed for 3 trombones. 1st is in tenor clef
https://www.free-scores.com/free-sheet- ... -lichtmann

Musescore: - library has a lot of trios. you might fix some arrangements. For example, many arrangement only put the melody & really fun stuff in the 1st part.
Celloexpressions: some decent stuff, although some need fixing
IMSLP
tubapeter: most are pretty cheesy

Bassoon arrangements by Speer & Hook - very playable.

We have about 60
Martin Hubel
Tenors: 2009 Yamaha 891Z, 354 (loaned out), Yamaha 697Z (on loan)
Symphony tenors: 1972 Bach 42B, Yamaha 882 GOR (on loan)
Basses: 2011 Yamaha 830 Xeno
Lidl Bass Trumpet (on loan)
User avatar
Cotboneman
Posts: 41
Joined: Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:16 pm
Location: Tucson, AZ
Contact:

Re: Trombone Trios

Post by Cotboneman » Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:43 am

torobone wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:20 pm
I played trios with two bassoons, and one of them was pretty good at finding free stuff. Some ideas:

Boismoitier trios - only for flute, but nicely transcribed for 3 trombones. 1st is in tenor clef
https://www.free-scores.com/free-sheet- ... -lichtmann

Musescore: - library has a lot of trios. you might fix some arrangements. For example, many arrangement only put the melody & really fun stuff in the 1st part.
Celloexpressions: some decent stuff, although some need fixing
IMSLP
tubapeter: most are pretty cheesy

Bassoon arrangements by Speer & Hook - very playable.

We have about 60
Very good resource! Thank you for the links, I'll check them out.
fsgazda
Posts: 103
Joined: Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:35 am
Contact:

Re: Trombone Trios

Post by fsgazda » Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:10 pm

The Allen Chase trios are kind of fun.

https://www.hickeys.com/search/products/sku034043.php

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCKNpZFK78s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sjq0kb_BC4g

There are a few others on youtube. I personally like the March and Stiff Riff.
Last edited by fsgazda on Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:36 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Frank S. Gazda
Professor of Music, Delaware State University
Freelance Low Brass, Mid-Atlantic
www.firststatebrass.com
MTbassbone
Posts: 137
Joined: Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:08 pm
Location: Silver Spring, MD

Re: Trombone Trios

Post by MTbassbone » Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:58 pm

I also really like the trombone trio way more than trombone quartet. The Brian Lynn trios are really good. I think there are three of them: Steak and Kidney Supper, Ba-Dee-Doo-Dup, and Bachy Things. The believe the 2nd movement in Steak and Kidney Supper has pedal D's in the bass trombone part but it might be optional. Hickeys has all three listed in their catalog. There are several arrangements of the Bach Sinfonia's done by Ralph Sauer that are fantastic. There is also a Pergolesi Trio Sonata that Sauer arranged that is really nice as well. Last one Britten's Fanfare for St Edmundsbury. This was originally written for 3 trumpets, but works equally as well for 3 trombones. Unfortunately some of the really good stuff is no longer in print. Some of these definitely have 1st parts that go exceedingly high just an FYI.
User avatar
Cotboneman
Posts: 41
Joined: Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:16 pm
Location: Tucson, AZ
Contact:

Re: Trombone Trios

Post by Cotboneman » Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:36 pm

MTbassbone wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:58 pm
I also really like the trombone trio way more than trombone quartet. The Brian Lynn trios are really good. I think there are three of them: Steak and Kidney Supper, Ba-Dee-Doo-Dup, and Bachy Things. The believe the 2nd movement in Steak and Kidney Supper has pedal D's in the bass trombone part but it might be optional. Hickeys has all three listed in their catalog. There are several arrangements of the Bach Sinfonia's done by Ralph Sauer that are fantastic. There is also a Pergolesi Trio Sonata that Sauer arranged that is really nice as well. Last one Britten's Fanfare for St Edmundsbury. This was originally written for 3 trumpets, but works equally as well for 3 trombones. Unfortunately some of the really good stuff is no longer in print. Some of these definitely have 1st parts that go exceedingly high just an FYI.
Great! I'll investigate, thanks!
User avatar
Cotboneman
Posts: 41
Joined: Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:16 pm
Location: Tucson, AZ
Contact:

Re: Trombone Trios

Post by Cotboneman » Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:37 pm

fsgazda wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:10 pm
The Allen Chase trios are kind of fun.

https://www.hickeys.com/search/products/sku034043.php

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCKNpZFK78s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sjq0kb_BC4g

There are a few others on youtube. I personally like the March and Stiff Riff.
Awesome, thanks!
User avatar
torobone
Posts: 56
Joined: Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:14 pm
Location: Toronto

Re: Trombone Trios

Post by torobone » Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:56 am

Another small resource:

http://www.ritchietrombonechoir.com/music.html

Two trios of note:
The 3 movements of the Beethoven's Suite from the Mount of Olives. Very playable, particularly the 2nd movement.

Premru's Felicity
Martin Hubel
Tenors: 2009 Yamaha 891Z, 354 (loaned out), Yamaha 697Z (on loan)
Symphony tenors: 1972 Bach 42B, Yamaha 882 GOR (on loan)
Basses: 2011 Yamaha 830 Xeno
Lidl Bass Trumpet (on loan)
Post Reply

Return to “Composition, Arrangement, & Theory”