Elegy for Mippy II, version 1

Elegy for Mippy II, version 1

Leonard Bernstein

Jacques Mauger's masterclasses

French 18 min Trombone

In this trombone masterclass, Jacques Mauger and Benjamin Szilagyi examine Leonard Bernstein's jazzy oeuvre, Elegy for Mippy II.

Produced by the Saline royale Academy in October, 2021 at Arc-et-Senans.

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The masterclass

About this masterclass

In this masterclass, Professor Jacques Mauger, and student Benjámin Szilágyi work on a different piece than the usual repertoire: Elegy for Mippy II, a piece for solo trombone composed by Leonard Bernstein for his brother’s dead dog. Bernstein was a great American conductor and composer and wrote many films soundtracks. His Elegy is very inspired by jazz and is intended to be played in such fashion. 

Szilágyi must avoid playing too “classically” in manner and mix romantic sound with a jazzy, New-York style. Professor Mauger tells him to “rock it” a bit more. Accents are essential as well as vibratos in this modern piece. It is important for the young student to let go and relax while trying to feature a more modern part of his trombone repertoire.  

What we learn in this masterclass

  1. Keeping beat with your foot.  

  2. Careful with accents and vibratos. 

  3. Remembering the context and time of the piece. 

  4. Producing clear sound with direct attacks.  

  5. Play it like jazz, not like baroque.
     

Elegy for Mippy II by Leonard Bernstein

This piece is one of three elegies for brass written by American composer Leonard Bernstein in the spring of 1959. It was dedicated to his brother’s mongrel dog and premiered at Carnegie Hall in New York City. This elegy is for solo trombone and is a very jazz-inspired piece. It features a wide variety of technical aspects and is usually used by students or aspiring professionals to showcase their talent. It must be played keeping the spirit of New York in mind. Bernstein composed a lot for films and wrote the famous musical West Side Story. 

  • Student:Benjamin Szilagyi
  • Instruments: Trombone
  • Date:09 February 2021
  • Academy:Academy Feb. 7 - Feb. 14, 2021

Sheet music

Aim for excellence! You can improve your skills with expert advice. Download the annotated sheet music of this trombone masterclass. Please note that this piece has been annotated in accordance to Jacques Mauger’s feedback and comments.

Jacques Mauger

Jacques Mauger

A prize-winner at international competitions at Markneukirchen and at Toulon.

Jacques Mauger was born in Normandy and studied the trombone at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris“. A prize-winner at international competitions at Markneukirchen and at Toulon, he started his professional career as first trombone with the Nice Philarmonic Orchestra, and then became trombone soloist with the Paris Opera Orchestra.

 

Since 1990, he has concentrated on working as concert artist, and has often appeared as a soloist and abroad with ensembles varying from string, and symphony orchestras, to brass and concert bands. He has also made television appearances on ZDF,GLOBO, RAI and MUZZIK in France, and many international composers have composed original works or made special arrangements for him.

 

He is recording more of 30 CDs in soloist.

 

Jacques Mauger is still active as a teacher at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Paris and the trombone Professor HEMU Vaud Valais Fribourg. He is also guest professor at the Senzoku Gaquen University of Tokyo, Japan. He often gives masterclass in numerous countries: France, the U.K, Japan, Korea, China, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, the United States, and South America. In 2007 his newly developed studies collection for trombone (in collaboration with Jean Michel Defaye) will be published in his collection IMD Arpèges publications Paris. He also developed the new AC440 trombone model in Antoine Courtois Paris brass factory. In his role as a true Ambassador of the French school and its repertoire, he regularly presents master classes throughout the world for the soloists of tomorrow.

 

Jacques Mauger is the new president of the “Association des Trombonistes Français” and president of the International Trombone Association since 2020.

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