David Lancaster

Dragon Music Publishing

Rude Mechanicals

SM-000285235
Composer
David Lancaster
Publisher
Dragon Music Publishing
Genre
Classical / Chamber music
Instrumentation
Trombone basso, Trombone tenor
Scored for
Quartet
Type of score
Full score, Parts
Duration
6'15"
Difficulty
Difficult
Year of composition
2016

Description
Rude Mechanicals was commissioned by the Slidin’ About trombone quartet in 2016 - the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. In my work there are two specific references to the bard’s plays: firstly, the title refers to the group of rustic characters who put on a heartfelt performance to conclude A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the link to the sound world of the trombone quartet seemed quite clear in my mind. When I was close to completing the work in late October 2016 I learned of the passing of my friend and former brass teacher Michael Antrobus to whom I owe a considerable musical debt. Consequently the coda of the piece (in complete contrast to the rest of the music) is slow and sustained and is prefaced by a famous quotation from Act IV of The Tempest: ‘We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little lives are rounded by a sleep’. This final chorale is certainly influenced by Ralph Vaughan Williams’ setting of that same text: Mike loved English music.

The music is in six clear parts, each emerging from a unison repeated note which is passed around the quartet. The pulse remains constant throughout; contrasts of pace are regulated by changing the metre rather than the beat.

Upload date
08 Apr 2017

Price

Sheet music file
10.00 USD
ZIP, 483.9 Kb

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