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No. 24

No. 24

(NONcerto for alto trombone)

for solo alto trombone and small ensemble


  • Instrumentation: alto trombone and small ensemble
  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: vocal sounds

 
Description
Music as theatre, but not theatre music. This is a possible description of NONcerto, for alto trombone and ensemble. Ayres has a number of NONcertos among his compositions, pieces that expose the possibilities and especially the impossibilities of the soloist.
Here it is a solo alto trombonist who noisily scrabbles around for mutes in a cardboard box full of junk (e.g. disposable plates, plastic bags). Assuming he has found the desired mute, he jams it in the bell of his instrument.
At least as curious is the way in which the soloist continually allows his part to fade into silence. The tragedy of it gradually becomes clear: he has no idea where he is or what he should do, let alone what he has to play. The ensemble tries to help him back on course with various musical hints, though in vain.
"Whenever this piece is performed," says Ayres, "the reaction is always the same: the audience laughs at first but very soon the embarrassment of the situation becomes clear. By the time it ends you can cut the tension with a knife."

© Saskia Törnqvist
Details
Performance duration: 15'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : ca. 1997 · The Schönberg Ensemble

25. März 1997 Amsterdam (NL) · Toon van Ulsen, Posaune · Dirigent: Michael Hamel · Schönberg Ensemble
Year of composition: 1995
instrumentation: fl(pic).cl(bcl).pno.4 untrained singers.2vn.db
Performances
Conductor: Mike Svoboda
Orchestra: Studenten der Musik Akademie Basel
2012-06-16 | Basel (Switzerland), Musik Akademie, Großer Saal — 18.00 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Roland Kluttig
Orchestra: Prague Modern
2011-04-19 | Praha (Czech Republic), Švanda Theatre, Smíchov — 19.30 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Roland Kluttig
Orchestra: Apartment House
1999-10-01 | London (United Kingdom), Maida Vale | national Premiere
Conductor: Michael Hamel
Orchestra: Schönberg Ensemble
1997-03-25 | Amsterdam (Netherlands) | World Premiere
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Music as theatre, but not theatre music. This is a possible description of NONcerto, for alto trombone and ensemble. Ayres has a number of NONcertos among his compositions, pieces that expose the possibilities and especially the impossibilities of the soloist.
Here it is a solo alto trombonist who noisily scrabbles around for mutes in a cardboard box full of junk (e.g. disposable plates, plastic bags). Assuming he has found the desired mute, he jams it in the bell of his instrument.
At least as curious is the way in which the soloist continually allows his part to fade into silence. The tragedy of it gradually becomes clear: he has no idea where he is or what he should do, let alone what he has to play. The ensemble tries to help him back on course with various musical hints, though in vain.
"Whenever this piece is performed," says Ayres, "the reaction is always the same: the audience laughs at first but very soon the embarrassment of the situation becomes clear. By the time it ends you can cut the tension with a knife."

© Saskia Törnqvist
Performance duration: 15'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : ca. 1997 · The Schönberg Ensemble

25. März 1997 Amsterdam (NL) · Toon van Ulsen, Posaune · Dirigent: Michael Hamel · Schönberg Ensemble
Year of composition: 1995
instrumentation: fl(pic).cl(bcl).pno.4 untrained singers.2vn.db
Conductor: Mike Svoboda
Orchestra: Studenten der Musik Akademie Basel
2012-06-16 | Basel (Switzerland), Musik Akademie, Großer Saal — 18.00 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Roland Kluttig
Orchestra: Prague Modern
2011-04-19 | Praha (Czech Republic), Švanda Theatre, Smíchov — 19.30 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Roland Kluttig
Orchestra: Apartment House
1999-10-01 | London (United Kingdom), Maida Vale | national Premiere
Conductor: Michael Hamel
Orchestra: Schönberg Ensemble
1997-03-25 | Amsterdam (Netherlands) | World Premiere
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