Concerto for Trombone and Piano, 1st and 2nd movement

Concerto for Trombone and Piano, 1st and 2nd movement

Concerto for Trombone and Piano, 1st and 2nd movement

Henri Tomasi

Jacques Mauger's masterclass

Produced by the Saline royale Academy English Music sheet annotated by  Jacques Mauger  is available 40 min Trombone

In this trombone masterclass, Jacques Mauger and Kai Chun Tsang explore typical French characteristics in music and more.

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The masterclass

About this trombone masterclass

In this masterclass, student Kai Chun Tsang and professor Jacques Mauger journey through the Concerto for Trombone by Henri Tomasi together. Mauger shows Kai Chun Tsang how to put his mind to the music and teaches him the essential essences of what makes up French music. He instructs Kai Chun Tsang to "sing along to the notes as if he were blowing the notes away from the body." In other words, he implores the student to tell a clear narrative through the use of breath control in order to convey the performance to the audience emotionally. Furthermore, Jacques discusses the egalitarian relationship between the orchestra and the trombone and how the role of the trombone in this piece is to drive the tempo and lead the orchestra. 

What we learn in this masterclass

  1. Practice makes perfect.

  2. Controlling one’s breathing.

  3. Characteristics of French music.

  4. Preparation before playing.

  5. Employing expressive dynamics.

Concerto for Trombone and Piano by Henri Tomasi

Tomasi's Concerto for Trombone and Piano was composed in 1956 as a competition piece for the Paris Conservatoire. Heavily influenced by jazz, it explores the range of styles, colors, and technical virtuosity available on the trombone. The concerto's underlying theme, which is present in all three movements, is a variation on the jazz melody "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You," popularized by jazz trombonist Tommy Dorsey. The first movement, Andante et Scherzo-Valse, opens with a lyrical trombone cadenza. The first section consists of melodic jazz-inspired material, while the second section is a more upbeat waltz. The second movement, Nocturne, develops over an ostinato and draws inspiration from blues music. Tomasi experiments with the highest tessitura of the trombone and different mutes to vary expressive color. The finale, Tambourin, is the most technically virtuosic movement. It draws on material from the previous movements in a recurring rondo and builds to an exciting and dramatic conclusion.

  • Date:09 February 2021
  • Producer: Produced by the Saline royale Academy
  • Duration:40 min
  • Spoken language:English

Sheet music

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.

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Jacques Mauger

Jacques Mauger

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.


Henri  Tomasi

Henry Tomasi (1901-1971) was a French composer and conductor. He was born in Marseilles to parents of Corsican descent. He participated in piano and theory lessons from a young age, eventually leading to a scholarship to the Paris Conservatory, where he studied with Philippe Gaubert and other prominent French composers. To make money, he played piano in movie houses, developing a love for theater. In 1925, he won the Prix Halphen for his wind quintet, and in 1927, he won the Prix de Rome in conducting, with a second prize in composition. 

After he graduated from the conservatory, Tomasi worked as a conductor at the Concerts du Journal and the newly formed Radio Colonial Orchestra, where he became a proponent of radiophonic music. He won the Grand Prix du Disque for hsi recording of Gluck’s Orfeo with mezzo-soprano Alice Raveau. He was also an active conductor during this time. Furthermore, Tomasi was one of the founders of the Parisian contemporary music group Triton, which was made up of leading composers such as Poulenc, Prokofiev, Honegger, and Milhaud. 

After a brief stint as the head of a military marching band during World War II, Tomasi became the conductor of the Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française. During the 1940s, his career as a conductor took off; he also became the music director of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo and made guest appearances throughout France and Europe. As a composer, he initially felt strong ties to the church, but eventually became so disillusioned after the war that he lost faith in religion and focused on secular works. Though he wrote many orchestral works, he wrote mainly for wind instruments when composing for smaller ensembles or soloists. His most popular work is his trumpet concerto. However, he never lost his love for theater, and he wrote many successful operas and ballets, including Don Juan de Mañara and L’Atlantide. Though sometimes dissonant with unique harmonies, Tomasi’s works are characterized by their lyricism and broad array of influences. Tomasi died in 1971 in Paris after a storied career. 

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