[Trombone-l] In Memoriam: A Chorale After Bruckner overdub

Dave Demko demko61 at gmail.com
Mon Mar 23 16:55:22 CST 2020


Jim,

Thank you for sharing that beautiful and appropriate tribute.

Dave D.

On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 11:25 AM Jim Nova via Trombone-l <
trombone-l at trombonelist.org> wrote:

> In Memoriam: A Chorale After Bruckner by Brian Pappal for trombone trio
> written in memory of his teacher and friend, Murray Crewe.
>
> I first encountered this piece the summer of 2018 when I was a guest
> faculty member at the Third Coast Trombone retreat. It won the trio
> competition and was premiered that summer by me and my friends Sebastian
> Vera and Nick Schwartz.
>
> Murray was larger than life in every way. He was my dear friend and PSO
> colleague for many years. I’ve always loved and championed this piece
> having played it at numerous times since the premiere at the ITF, Southeast
> Trombone Symposium and the Korea Trombone Symposium to name a few. As my
> first overdub since the Covid-19 crisis has broken, I hope this performance
> offers all some beauty and peace.
>
> ABOUT IN MEMORIAM from the composer:
> In Memoriam: A Chorale After Bruckner was composed in memory of Murray
> Crewe, former Bass Trombonist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
> Murray was my private trombone teacher at Duquesne University where he
> maintained a large studio of private trombone students and directed the
> trombone choir. During my lessons with him and in trombone choir
> rehearsals, Murray was contagiously positive and encouraging with a sense
> of humor all his own. He was also an artist of immense depth and
> sensitivity who daily sought to create and encounter moments of beauty in
> the world. Some of my greatest musical memories of Murray are of his
> leading the trombone choir in playing transcriptions of Bruckner’s choral
> motets. There are obvious parallels between the voice and the trombone, and
> Murray’s artistry combined with Bruckner’s profound compositions created a
> deeply moving experience for me as a young musician. I wrote this piece
> with those memories in my mind. The sonorities are intentionally vocal, and
> performance of the piece should be approached in a similarly sustained and
> expressive style. The first trombone part remains rather high without rest;
> it may be played by either a tenor or alto trombone depending on player
> preference.
>
> YouTube video:
> https://youtu.be/wOZZRE94uaU <https://youtu.be/wOZZRE94uaU>
>
> Soundcloud Link:
> https://soundcloud.com/jimnova/in-memoriam-a-chorale-after-bruckner <
> https://soundcloud.com/jimnova/in-memoriam-a-chorale-after-bruckner>
>
>
> James Nova
> Trombone - Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
> Brass Area Coordinator and Adjunct Trombone Faculty - Duquesne University
> Brass Coach - Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras
> jimnova.com
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