Overture, Adagio and Finale
by Bruce Stark
(horn, trombone and piano)
(Overture, Adagio and Finale) …Stark shows his mastery of writing beautiful lyrical lines for the brass, with witty and pianistic interjections…the innate lyricism with which Stark writes, along with his clear presentation of characters in each movement makes this delightful piece a fun and audience-pleasing program staple.
— Heidi Lucas, The Horn Call (2019)
Overture, Adagio and Finale for horn, trombone and piano was adapted from my Suite for Two Tenor Trombones and Piano in 2018 for performance by Megumi Kanda and Dietrich Hemann.
Overture is resilient and ceremonial in character, unfolding in a sonata-like structure with several contrasting themes. Adagio begins with a quiet, nostalgic melody in trombone accompanied by an arpeggiated piano figure, and later blooms into a more passionate outpouring by the trio. Finale concludes the collection with a funky, rhythmically driven piece in which each player is featured in solo passages of syncopated, jazz-influenced character.
A special thanks goes to Don Lucas for commissioning the original piece, and to Megumi Kanda and Dietrich Hemann for their interest in a version for horn and trombone. More importantly, thank you Don, Megumi and Dietrich for your friendship, encouragement, and many wonderful performances over the years.
— Bruce Stark
Live recording of Overture, Adagio and Finale from a concert by Megumi Kanda (trombone), Dietrich Hemann (horn) and Jeannie Yu (piano) on March 23, 2019 at Milwaukee Covenant Church.
Adagio and Finale from a performance in 2018 of the two trombones and piano version: