Fantaisie, Op. 38
In this masterclass, Professor Jacques Mauger guides Benjámin Szilágyi through Zygmunt Stojowski’s Fantaisie Op.38, a piece for trombone and piano classically used for competitions due to its highly technical features.
Focus is put on interpretation, and Mauger stresses the importance of finding a musical direction; where he can go and what is the limit. In addition, the student must add more color, effects, and textures. The professor advises performers of this piece to think of Tchaikovsky when playing Stojowski.
Watch for mental and physical fatigue.
Finding the right tone and musical direction.
Play long and round notes.
Paying attention to triplets.
Actively listening to the piano.
Zygmunt Stojowski's Fantaisie, Op. 38 was written for the trombone, bass, and piano, and published in 1912. It was Stojowski's first piece after moving to the United States. Fantaisie is a melodic and lyrical piece, sometimes compared to the works of Frédéric Chopin's Fantasy, with more virtuoso sections.
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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.
Zygmunt Stojowski was a Polish pianist, composer, born near Kielce in 1870. His musical training began with his mother, and he left Poland at age 18 to study music and composition in Paris. One year before his departure, he had performed as a concert pianist, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. In 1901, his work was deemed worthy of being featured in a concert at the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. Stojowski also gave a few interviews in local Warsaw papers; his career had started. His Symphony in D minor, Op. 21, had won first prize in the Paderewski Music Competition in Leipzig during the summer of 1898.
In the fall of 1905, he sailed on the SS Moltke to New York and took up the head-of-the-piano department position at the newly founded Institute of Musical Art. New York City became his home, and he stayed there for the rest of his life. He was met with remarkable success in New York as a composer, pianist and teacher, and became the first Polish composer to have a full concert performed by the New York Philharmonic.
Due to his success as a teacher, he opened his own music school in Manhattan in a four-story building. He and his Peruvian-born wife Luisa Morales-Macedo raised three sons, which he called his “best compositions.”
He became a US citizen in 1938 and died in 1946 in New York. He leaves behind a vast catalog of 43 opuses, composed of many piano pieces, two sonatas for violin and piano, some pieces for cello, one symphony, two concertos for piano, as well as a few cantatas and melodies.