Three Imaginary Landscapes Sonata for Bass Trombone and Piano
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Performance of "Southern Gothic" by Douglas Yeo, bass trombonist, Philadelphia Orchestra (retired)
Three Imaginary Landscapesfor bass trombone and piano is an exploration of fictional places found in American literature. The first movement, “The Miskatonic at Dunwich,” depicts the mythical region of New England found in the horror science fiction of H. P. Lovecraft. “Mystical” chords and a sonorous melody convey the gloomy river banks and dilapidated towns, followed by a lively chase from a crowd of deranged cult members. “Southern Gothic” is a literary term describing the many stories set in the rural South of the USA with a sinister and occasionally supernatural quality. While these stories have their dark elements, they also often highlight the pastoral beauty of the South and this slower movement seeks to find that balance. “Upon the Plains of Barsoom” references Edgar Rice Burroughs’ name for Mars in his famous John Carter series. These fanciful tales feature brutal alien tribes and fantastic air battles above the desolate Martian landscape. My depiction is a similarly intense and always unpredictable dance with a nod to Cuban jazz.
Final Membership (consortium is now closed): George Curran – The New School | Rutgers University | New York Philharmonic Jason Hausback – Missouri State University Randy Hawes – Cleveland Institute of Music | Detroit Symphony Orchestra Eric Henson – Limestone College Gabe Langfur – Boston University | Rhode Island Philharmonic Terry Leahy – Colorado State University James Markey – New England Conservatory | Boston Symphony Orchestra Martin McCain – Texas State University Gerry Pagano – St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Fletcher Peacock – University of North Carolina at Asheville Donn Schaefer – University of Utah Jason Sulliman – Troy University J. Mark Thompson – Northwestern State University | Shreveport Symphony Orchestra Noel Wallace – Tarleton State University
Previous Works for Trombone
Garden of the Gods (2012) - for solo trombone and trombone choir