Various ‘Trombone Extraordinaire’

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Trombone Extraordinaire side 1

This LP was released by Symphony Land, a Parisian sheet music publisher specializing in horn and percussion scores, to showcase the skills of some of the great names on their catalog and the mastery of trombone virtuoso Michel Becquet. A French library music composer from ex-Yugoslavia, Janko Nilović (born 1941) has a hundred LPs under his own name or various aliases (Andy Loore, Emiliano Orti, The Johnny Montevideo Group, to name a few) whose monumental Montparnasse LP ‘Rhythmes Contemporains’ is a recommended introduction (available here). His Concerto for Trombone and String Ensemble has some really great string parts even if, at times, the music is drawned from various sources, including Benjamin Britten’s Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (check 2nd Mvt, ~2:40 and 5:40). Other quotations pop up here and there (some from Ligeti or Pendrecki, possibly), but as a whole, this Concerto is a joy to listen and the solo trombone is brilliant. Georges Delerue (1925-1992) is arguably France’s most famous film music composer, who collaborated with directors Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut or Alain Resnais (see Wiki). His Madrigal is a fine piece for 6 trombones, though the sound quality is marred by pressing and/or stylus limitations. The introduction of percussion in Jean-Michel Defaye‘s Fluctuations is a nice addition, as it opens possibilities of interplay and dialog with the 4 trombones, as opposed to solo trombones monologues in the previous pieces. Classically trained Defaye (born 1932) was French singer Léo Ferré’s arranger for years, as well as a respected contemporary music composer and film music stalwart, especially composing soundtracks for entertainer Louis de Funès’ films, including Pouic Pouic, 1963, as well as children TV program Collargol aka Barnaby The Bear, 1970 [listen here].

Janko Nilović ‘Concerto pour Trombone et Orchestre à cordes’
(Concerto for Trombone and String Ensemble)
01 1st Movement (6:18)
02 2nd Movement (7:24)
03 3rd Movement (10:10)
Michel Becquet: trombone
Chamber Orchestra, Bernard Thomas, cond.

Georges Delerue
04 Madrigal (6:55)
For trombone sextet, G. Delerue, cond.

Jean-Michel Defaye
05 Fluctuations (12:06)
For trombone solo, trombone sextet and percussion
J.-M. Defaye, cond.

Total time 42:40
LP released by Symphony Land, France, 1981


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5 Responses to “Various ‘Trombone Extraordinaire’”

  1. 1 flageolette March 31, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Ever since trombone exists,and is being played musically..
    I’ve always felt intrigued by this extremely dangerous instrument..

    So many thanks

  2. 2 continuo March 31, 2010 at 7:59 am

    It seems you’ve succumbed to this infectious instrument ;p

  3. 3 Andrea Esperti April 3, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    J’adore ce projet Janko Nilovic, Delerue et Jean-Michel Defaye.

    Merci à Michel Becquet pour l’avoir jouè si bien et pour m’avoir donnè l’envie de continuer toujours plus à jouer du trombone et faire de la musique interessante et creative.

    J’espere bientot de pouvoir entendre d’autre chose dans cette direction.

    A bientôt sur Lausanne ou Paris.

  4. 4 tripmaster April 9, 2010 at 7:52 am

    thank you for sharing this delicious record!! a real gem.

  5. 5 Youssef October 16, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks you so much for sharing this fabulous record.
    I’ve been listening to “fluctuations” since I was 12 or 13.
    I lost the tape and now I’ve found the full record!
    Thanx again for this record that let us hear the french trombonist dream team!

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