In this session, Professor Mauger and young student Benjàmin Szilàgyi are fine-tuning the second and third movement of Erik Larsson’s concertino for trombone and orchestra.
The pair pay special attention to playing the fast parts and the tempo, and playing with more brightness in the more technical parts. Mauger adds that the musician must learn to dive into the cadence right away and not just play the notes, but rather find the “matter” that connects them.
Maintaining tempo in the fast, technical parts of the piece.
Playing a rich forte.
Balancing sound, dynamics and technique.
Breathing and relaxation.
Playing what lies beyond the sheet music.
The Concertino for trombone and string orchestra was written in 1955 by Swedish composer Lars-Erik Larsson and has three movements: preludium, aria and finale.
It was first performed in February 1958 in Helsingborg by renowned soloist Sven Svensson. It usually plays in about eleven minutes and is part of the Swedish musical heritage. It requires a great understanding of the instrument and a great calm. Maintaining an even tempo can be a challenge, and the sound must be round and bright. It is a technical piece, and the musician must understand what is written in between Larsson’s notes to enrich the musical experience.
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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.
Lars-Erik Larsson (1908-1986) was a Swedish composer and educator known for his diverse compositional styles. He attended the Stockholm Conservatory from 1925-29, where he produced early works such as En spelmans jordafaerd (1928) and his first symphony (1928), garnering him attention as a composer. He then studied in Vienna and Leipzig under Alan Berg and Fritz Reuter, before returning to Sweden to compose and work as a coach at the Royal Theatre in Stockholm.
In the 1930s, Larsson composed works in numerous styles. He is known as the first composer to write a twelve-tone work in Sweden, but also delved into the Scandinavian Romanticism made popular by Sibelius, neoclassicism, contrapuntalism, and polytonality. His smaller scale works of a lyrical and neoclassical style, such as his piano sonatina, were very popular, but his larger scale works, such as his second symphony, were not as successful. In 1937, he was appointed to the Swedish radio, where he worked as a composer and a conductor. During this period, he mainly wrote music for radio, theater, and film, even creating a new genre called the “lyrical suite,” which juxtaposed music and recitations of poetry.
After World War II, Larsson returned to writing classical compositions. His works continued to vacillate between styles; he wrote a series of concertinos for amateur musicians as well as several other works in a polytonal, Hindemith-esque style. He also developed his own twelve-tone system using “interval piles” instead of series. By the end of his career, however, he had returned to romantic, neoclassic, and contrapuntal writing.
Larsson was also a dedicated educator, teaching composition at the Stockholm Conservatory and later serving as music director of Uppsala University. He retired from teaching in 1971, but continued composing until 1980. He died in 1986 after a successful and diverse career.