George Walker

Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra


    The Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra was composed in 1957 and received its premiere on a student concert conducted by Howard Hanson in Kilbourn Hall of the Eastman School of Music.  It is one of the first works designated as a concerto for trombone soloist.  The Three movements of the Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra are often characterized as being neo-classical.  The content of each movement, however, is clearly contemporary as is the orchestration.  The use of a recurring section (ritornello) in the first movement is a baroque technique.  But, the second movement is monothematic.  Each movement becomes increasingly less dissonant.  The third movement, replete with syncopations, third relationships and a fugato is unlike any other classical rondo in its playfulness and good humor.