In this session, Jacques Mauger and Benjàmin Szilàgyi work on maintaining tempo, breathing and more.
Produced by the Saline royale Academy in February 2021 at Arc-et-Senans.
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 renown 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 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.
The people who are listening to you do not know the difficulties of this instrument. But we do.
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.