Suite No. 2 for Trombone and Piano
by Bruce Stark 

  1. Ode to Optimism

  2. Soliloquy

  3. Dance

PROGRAM NOTES

Suite No. 2 for Trombone and Piano was composed in 2017 for a commission from trombonist Don Lucas. It begins with Ode to Optimism, in which a stately, forthright first theme is followed by contrasting, lyrical material. I think of these as the two faces of optimism: strong, resolved confidence, and a softer, trusting aspect that embraces, but transcends, hardship. Soliloquy, the second movement played with mute, is a reflective, jazz-influenced piece in which the musicians have more room for personal expression and individuality. It is notated throughout, but aspects of timing and musical nuance will be influenced considerably by the performers. The suite concludes with Dance, a movement propelled by a bright theme over a playful rhythmic groove, in a celebration of life.

A special thanks goes to Don Lucas for his encouragement and support in offering this commission, and for his superb musicianship and enthusiasm in introducing the piece to audiences.

— Bruce Stark

 
Suite No. 2 for Trombone and Piano
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by Bruce Stark
14 minutes
piano score 31 pages, trombone part 8 pages

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Stephen O’Bent (trombone) and Sachiko Stark (piano) perform Ode to Optimism from Suite No. 2 for Trombone and Piano

Stephen O’Bent (trombone) and Sachiko Stark (piano) perform Soliloquy from Suite No. 2 for Trombone and Piano

Stephen O’Bent (trombone) and Sachiko Stark (piano) perform Dance from Suite No. 2 for Trombone and Piano