Tennessee Tech University professor of trombone, Joshua Hauser will present a recital of French works for trombone and piano Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building. He will be accompanied by Paul Thurmond on piano.
The Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris represents a wealth of repertoire for trombone players. One of the signature features of the Paris Conservatory was the annual solo contest for each instrument, with a first prize being among the highest honors a student could achieve. Trombones began participating in this in 1842, with each student playing the same solo. New repertoire was determined each year from preexisting works, with newly commissioned works for trombone beginning in 1897. Hauser will perform pieces from the collection.
The evening will begin with the “Cavatine” by Camille Saint-Saëns, the 1922 contest piece followed by organist Alexandre Guilmant’s “Morceau Symphonique,” one of the most frequently performed works for trombone. It was selected as the contest piece in 1902, 1928, and 1975. Hauser will also perform Paul Veronge de la Nux’ “Solo de Concours,” which was used as the contest piece in both 1900 and 1919 and is used at Tech as a required solo piece for all trombone majors before they can begin upper level studies.
In addition to these contest pieces for tenor trombone, Hauser has chosen to adapt Saint-Saëns’ “Morceau de Concert,” a selection for the horn contest in 1935, for the alto trombone.
The concert will finish with “Spécial,” a solo by Pierre Gabaye that combines both technical virtuosity and lush ballad playing. It has become tradition for players to either improvise or compose their own cadenza midway through the piece. Auidence members shouldn’t be surprised to hear some things they recognize in a humorous homage to other trombone repertoire and popular music.
The recital is free and open to the public.Wattenbarger Auditorium is located in the Bryan Fine Arts Building, 1150 N. Dixie Ave.