6.35 was written for the Rotterdam Trombone Class.
In this piece you’ll find themes representing the stairway heading up to an 8:30 warm up class, early morning coffee, a theme that recurs throughout the work, George Wiegel, director of the Conservatory and former Principal Trombone of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the attractive librarian who served as an object of many trombonists’ affection (a suitable bass trombone solo) and room 6.35, the location of the weekly trombone ensemble rehearsal.
With its length and depth, 6.35 can serve as a good ‘anchor’ piece to any trombone choir concert.
All the parts are idiomatically written and the work as a whole beautifully displays the instrument’s abilities in a large ensemble setting. The parts contain a large amount of graceful interplay that flow together to create fantastic musical pictures.
The fifteen parts are divided into two choirs, one including four tenors and two basses and the other including six tenors and three basses. The piece is advanced but accessible to college-level ensembles. Three of the tenor trombone parts reach d2 while the lowest bass trombone part reaches down to EE. Tenor clef is utilized to some extent in each of the tenor trombone parts.
6.35 is dedicated to Hironiro Suzuki, a bass trombonist friend of the composer who passed away.
10 Tenor Trombones – 4 Bass Trombones