Essay for Trombone and Orchestra - 28K

(4:52). Original composition, written in 1969. A Concerto in one movement for Solo Trombone and Symphony Orchestra. Recording of a live performance by the Colby College Symphony Orchestra, with Don Appert, Solo Trombone, and conducted by me (Jim Signorile).

This is a piece I wrote and dedicated to a high school friend of mine, Don Appert (Dr. Don Appert now!). He was, and is, an extraordinary trombonist, and he inspired me to compose this piece. Essay was first performed by the Ridgewood (NJ) High School Symphony Orchestra in 1970, soon after I completed it. Don Appert played the Solo Trombone part, and it was conducted by John Lochner, our renowned Band/Orchestra director.

The performance you are hearing occurred 4 years later, on March 24, 1974 at Colby College, Waterville, Maine, where I was a senior majoring in music. This recording features the Colby College Symphony Orchestra, Don Appert again on Solo Trombone (I was fortunate enough to be able to convince him to fly up to Maine for the occasion), and I had the honor of conducting this performance of my composition.

I dedicate this composition to Donald L. Appert.

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