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Sonata for two trombones

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

Sonata for two trombones / Lawrence Whiffin

by Lawrence Whiffin (1983)

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  • Instrumentation: Tenor trombone, bass trombone.
  • Audio Sample

    Performance by Eric Klay, Simone De Haan from the CD Wind song.


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The work is based on a particular technique that I have named Cycles developed soon after joining the Music Department at La Trobe University in 1976. So far there are five pieces using this technique: Cycles-1 for Harpsichord, Cycles-2, also called Cadenza for two pianos, Cycles-4 for the Southbank Ensemble, Cycles-6 for the Flederman Ensemble and now this sonata.

In Cycles, parameters are set up by an initial musical idea which are then represented at every level of the composition. The durations of small and large sections are determined by expanding the rhythm of the underlying motive so that the durations of phrases and subsections remain in the same relative proportions as the underlying motive and as do also the larger sections. The same principle is applied to every other aspect - pitch, contour, register, dynamics and texture, each taking its character from the implications of the motive. The purpose in of the technique is to provide a secure structure for freely developing ideas.


Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 2 performance parts (26p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 7 mins, 30 sec.

Commissioned by Simone De Haan, Eric Klay.

First performance by Pipeline — 1983. North Melbourne Town Hall

Atonal but without a sense of disorientation so often resulting from the absence of traditional harmony. The ‘cycles’ technique aims to confer a feeling of inevitability on the music as it unfolds.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced Aug 08.

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