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Jacques Mauger, Persichetti, Parable for solo trombone

Sequence published on 2/10/21
Composer : Vincent Persichetti
Year of composition : 1978
Artistic period : 20th century
Academy : Academy Feb. 7 - Feb. 14, 2021
Master(s) : Jacques Mauger
Student : Victor Bufferne
Date of recording : 10/22/21
Instrument(s) played :

""You have to build up to a crescendo without making a physical effort, or tightening your lips”, “Smooth means easy"." Jacques Mauger

About the Trombone class of Jacques Mauger on the Parabole pour trombone seul

Master class de Trombone par Jacques Mauger | Persichetti, Parabole pour trombone seul

The main task in this master class is to achieve ease of performance at fast tempos. This masterly
piece was written for a professional trombonist and has a very high level of difficulty. The master
helps to achieve prolonged continuous breathing for the smooth performance of long passages.

Much attention is paid to inner relaxation and calm when performing the difficult parts of the piece. The
techniques for increasing the relief of musical intonations are considered. The master highlights the
influence of elaborate techniques for specific articulations. The importance of following the
composer's instructions is emphasized, especially in the indications of positions and tempos. Also,
attention is drawn to the synchronicity of the interaction with the piano. The range of applications
related to the technique of tongue and mute is expanding.

What we learn in this Trombone Master class

- How to prepare the high difficulty level piece for performance.
- How to get less breathing when playing much longer passages.
- How to get more ease and smoothness when playing.
- How to analyze and use the right position to get much relief in melody.
- To improve the mute performance technically.

About Vincent Persichetti's work

The five-minute Parable XVIII, Op. 133, YW-1975, was written for Per Brevig, trombonist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and faculty member at Juilliard. Brevig premiered the work at the 1978 International Trombone Society meeting in Nashville on May 31, 1978. Parable XVIII is another example of ternary form with many tempo and dynamic changes and it is similar to the viola Parable with its instructions at the beginning to keep a ""flexible tempo throughout."" A cup mute is used for the opening of the A section.
Both bass and tenor clef signs are used with a melodic range of over three octaves. There is a flutter-tongued note and a glissando near the end of the fast B section. According to the composer, the Parable XVIII for solo trombone, op. 133 (1975), contains “melodic shapes resulting from stroking the elements of Serenade no. 6 (tbn. va. vc.).”27 Nelson does not find the relationship between the two works “clearly evident. Several passages appear to be related in general shape, such as the first four measures of the Song movement in the Serenade and measures 9-10 of the trombone Parable.” Nelson gives the form as A (quarter = 56, measures 1-38), B (half = 104, 39-87), and C (quarter = 56, 88-127). The composer instructs the performer to keep a “flexible tempo throughout".
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