‘Circus Games’ was written for Matthew Gee to play in his graduate recital at the Hochschule der Kunst in Bern, Switzerland, on May 27th 2014. There are are not many trombone concertos, certainly not for a small ensemble, and yet the trombone’s capacity for delicacy, as well as power and virtuosity seem to cry out for such pieces.
This then is intended as a ‘fun’ piece, with the soloist in the role of an imaginary ‘animal tamer’. And the sharp-eared listener will I hope, appreciate its reference to the opening motif of a well-known 20th century classic. It lasts around 10 minutes.
This is a piano reduction. The full version for Trombone & Ensemble is available here.