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Mulan Trombone Concerto : for solo trombone and wind ensemble

by Barry McKimm (2023)

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Work Overview

Trombone is the narrator but sometimes Trombone takes on the role of Mulan.

The first movement follows the text from the original story (6th century). From verse 1 -14 where Mulan takes on the responsibilities for her father to become a fearless warrior.

Movement 2 begins at verse 15-17, Mulan fulfills her duty for 12 years and is a renowned warrior and leader of men. The melodic line is kept to some extent in pentatonic mode. Not the harmony.

Movement 3 begins at verse 18-31ith the authoritative sounds of the Khan rewarding his servants of war. Mulan wants none of this. She wants only a fine steed to carry her home.

Mulan flies from the clamor of Khan in his glory and vanishes across hills and valleys to her home and family.

Here she meets enters into the complexities of family life and resumes her identity as a woman. Her men are shocked to see Mulan as a woman.

Mulan is a popular story well known in China and Asian countries. It has been produced as an animation film if USA and Japan.

Work Details

Year: 2023

Instrumentation: Solo trombone, piccolo, 2 flutes, alto flute, 2 oboes, English horn, clarinet in E flat, 3 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, 2 alto saxophones in E flat, tenor saxophone in B flat, baritone saxophone in B flat, piano, 3 trumpets in B flat, 4 horns, 3 trombones, euphonium, tuba, double bass, 6 percussion. 

Duration: 27 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Suitable for advanced community wind ensembles

Dedication note: Dedicated to Ming Yeung Li

Written for: Heidelberg Wind Ensemble

Commission note: Commissioned by Ming Yeung Li.

First performance: by Ming Yeung Li — 25 Nov 23.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc in relation to this work:
Mulan Trombone Concerto is in a narrative form and structure. It tells the story of Mulan from the ancient Chinese poem (6th century)

Performances of this work

25 Nov 23: featuring Ming Yeung Li.

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