In the Beginning: Etude I (Trombones)


[SCORE & PARTS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD] The fourth in the In the Beginning series of eight major works for various instrumental ensembles, soloists and electronic media.

In the Beginning: Etude I (Trombones) (1979) was written originally for any number of trombones. It includes sustained tone and short note, stochastic parts. It explores the In the Beginning language of proportions with both fixed and partly open notation and a ratio-metric tuning system. The original, hand-drawn score can be used as a template to make other realizations for soloists and ensembles. A fixed version for eight trombones is also included in the score. A new recording of that version performed by trombone virtuoso, Mike Svoboda, has been released on New World Records in 2012. An earlier version by Toyoji Tomita, for whom the piece was originally written, was released on the multi-LP set, Music From Mills, Mills College, Oakland, 1986. The original score was also published in 1/1: The Quarterly Journal Of The Just Intonation Society, Other Music, Vol. 1, No. 2, Berkeley, 1985.

Recently, Los Angeles-based trombonist-composer, Matt Barbier, has made a new, solo trombone arrangement, treating the original score as a template. The score for this arrangement is also available for download. It demonstrates further the expansive nature of the original, generative form. Barbier is currently work on another arrangement for brass trio.