Clouds (trombone solo)

Anthony Ritchie

Prima Vista Musikk/World of Brass
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“The starting point for this piece was some dramatic cloud formations I experienced while in Morrinsville, New Zealand. It was a brilliant sunny day with occasional huge and interestingly shaped clouds floating past. They provided inspiration for the opening texture of the work, which is flowing and slowly unfolding in character. Clouds can assume many different shapes and characters, which is reflected in the music. There are stormy ideas with strong rhythms, jagged ideas built from small motifs, mysterious ideas suggesting darker clouds and bright climaxes suggesting the sun bursting through. The solo trombone is rather like a small aeroplane, weaving its way through the clouds and enjoying a turbulent journey. Its part is soloistic but integrated into the band texture and often underpinned by percussion which has an important role in sustaining the momentum of the work. Near the end, the soloist has a brief cadenza before the music rises to a rumbling climax, the passage disintegrating as the clouds disperse.”

Anthony Ritchie

The work was commissioned by David Bremmer with financial assistance from Creative New Zealand. Bremmer subsequently recorded it on his 2009 album Gung-Ho.