Jacques Mauger and Maël Dolivet examine characteristics of a typical ballad, articulation, breathing techniques and more.
Produced by the Saline royale Academy in February, 2021 at Arc-et-Senans.
In this session, Professor Jacques Mauger, and student Maël Dolivet take on Ballade, a piece for piano and trombone written by Eugène Bozza in 1944. This was originally a music conservatory piece, and it is often used in competitions because of both technical difficulties and bright cadence.
Professor Mauger instructs his student to “trim” the partition and work on his notes and positions. Maël must also start the piece as a ballad and pay close attention to his musical behavior and intention. Breathing is paramount and must be worked on, as well as self-confidence: Maël knows the music, and now he must play without fear.
Jacques Mauger explains that it is important for any musician, experienced or not, to emphasize his or her strong points.
Maintaining the tempo.
Approaching the piece as a ballade.
Emphasizing your strong points.
Relaxing and breathing well.
The Ballade for solo trombone is a famous piece written by French composer Eugène Bozza. There are a lot of difficulties in this piece because of the melody, the very upbeat tempo and the jazz and blues influence. One must be very calm and focused to play the ballad well. It is always featured in competitions and was originally written for students studying at the conservatory.
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.
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.
Photo credit: Jacques-Charles Derrey