Concerto in F Minor
In this session, Professor Jacques Mauger helps his student Kaitai Li work on the Concerto in F minor for Trombone and Piano by Georg Friedrich Händel.
The professor helps his student go over some exercises, such as breathing techniques and other strategies to prepare mentally before a concert. He continues by reassuring Li that live music is never perfect – it is important that the performer enjoys the experience and adds some personality into the performance.
Li is also advised to work on dynamics, vibratos, unblocking air in the sternum, and more.
Relaxing mentally and physically before playing.
Taking the time to breathe with the accompaniment.
Respecting the binary rhythm.
Adding some personality into the piece.
This challenging piece has been transcribed for trombone and piano by André Lafosse, and was written originally by German-British composer George Friedrich Händel. This challenging concerto is often part of the trombone repertoire to display technical skills of the artist. It is structured in four sections and is a very melodious and lively piece.
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, France, and studied the trombone at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. A prize-winner at international competitions in Markneukirchen and Toulon, he started his professional career as First Trombone with the Nice Philarmonic Orchestra, followed by a position as a solo trombonist for the Paris Opera Orchestra.
Since 1990, he has been a concert artist, appearing as a soloist with ensembles, symphony orchestras, and brass and concert bands. He has recorded over 30 CDs featuring his solo works.
Jacques Mauger teaches at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Paris and at the HEMU in Switzerland. Moreover, he is a guest professor at the Senzoku Gaquen University of Tokyo, Japan. He frequently gives masterclass in numerous countries: France, UK, Japan, Korea, China, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, the United States, and South America. In 2007, his collection of studies for trombone (in collaboration with Jean Michel Defaye) were published.
A true Ambassador of the French school and its repertoire, he regularly presents masterclasses all over the world to cultivate the careers of future soloists. Jacques Mauger is the new president of the “Association des Trombonistes Français” and president of the International Trombone Association since 2020.
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) was a Baroque composer famous for his operas and oratorios. Born in Halle in the Prussian Empire, Handel was initially discouraged by his father from pursuing a musical career. When the young boy performed organ at church, however, he was noticed by composer Frideric Wilhelm Zachow, who offered to teach him music lessons. After a brief attempt at pursuing law, Handel dedicated himself to music full time, becoming an organist and later, a violinist at the Hamburg Opera.
The beginning of Handel’s compositional career revolved around composing operas. He began in Hamburg, premiering his first opera, Almira, in 1705 to general success. He then moved to Italy, where he began composing Italian operas, along with some cantatas and oratorios. As Italian opera was becoming increasingly popular in England, the composer eventually moved there in 1710 to premiere London’s first original Italian opera, Rinaldo. Over the next several decades, Handel composed over forty operas, spanning several opera companies, three of which he ran himself. Some of his most famous operas include Alcina, Terpsichore, Berenice, and Serse. Eventually, Italian opera began declining in London, and Handel decided to give up composing for the genre.
Instead, Handel moved toward composing oratorios, which were large-scale works for orchestra and voices that did not include staging or costumes, thus decreasing the price of production. Handel wrote over twenty-five oratorios, which were received well by English audiences. By far his most famous, however, is the 1742 Messiah. A massive and monumental work, it was initially premiered in Dublin as a charity event. Though it did not reach immediate success in England, it has grown to become one of the most frequently performed pieces of all time. Just after the Messiah, Handel premiered his famous oratorio Samson.
Handel was a prolific composer who produced a huge range of works, including operas, oratorios, cantatas, concerto grossi, organ concertos, and works for small chamber groups or soloists. Some of his other most famous compositions include Water Music (1717) and Music for Royal Fireworks (1749). The composer died in 1759, but is still celebrated today as a leader of Baroque music and leading figure of opera and oratorio.