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PROGRAM NOTES by Dr. Bruce Tychinski
Pittsburgh-based composer Todd Goodman's works have received notable acclaim in recent years. His first Trombone Concerto won the 2012 British Trombone Society's Composition Competition and his bass clarinet concerto won Third Place in the American Prize for Composition in 2001. His opera, Night of the Living Dead, won the American Prize for Theater Composition in 2014.
I’ve known Todd since he was a high school student, followed his career, and have performed some of his other works. When I had the opportunity to commission another piece for trombone and band, he was at the top of my list. In the collaboration to create Trombone Concerto No.2, Todd and I spoke about his compositional style as being impressionistic. Lines are blurry and sections morph into one another. Themes return, but never quite exactly the same. It is organic and always changing. The first movement's primary theme is based around a recurring note that expands as it develops throughout the movement. Todd also came to our home in winter 2016 and he decided to make the second movement a lullaby to our daughter. As sketches of the movement took shape, we spoke about the fact that the movement had more depth than a simple lullaby and was more like me offering her advice many years from now and the title Letter to Gretchen came to be. The final movement is titled Perpetuum mobile and it is an energetic, high-spirited adventure for the soloist, band, and listener.
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Listen to and watch the solo part of the studio recording by Dr. Bruce Tychinski, trombone; Dr. Michael Knight, conductor; and the University of Delaware Wind Ensemble
Interplay with Dr. Bruce Tychinski, trombone and the University of Delaware Wind Ensemble--conducted by Dr. Michael Knight.
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