IOURS, for solo trombone and chamber orchestra (19:15)
Commissioned by Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra
"When, in 2001, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra first approached
Norman Bolter about composing a work for trombone and chamber orchestra
as well as performing as soloist on the world premiere of this work, he
immediately was inspired by a specific theme, our local cosmic family
and trinity: sun, planet (earth) and moon. In IOURS, the resulting three
movement work, the composer's aim is to evoke the influences of this
potent celestial trio, including their quality
of 'family,' aspected as father sun, mother earth and child moon."
- from the "Introduction"
"...a planetary encounter via Norman Bolter's marvelous new
trombone concerto, 'IOURS' ...[with] the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, conducted
by Music Director Isaiah Jackson, at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge....
Bolter, a composer and, since 1975, a trombonist with the Boston Symphony
Orchestra, has created in 'IOURS' (pronounced EYE-oars) an altogether
winning concerto that chamber orchestras should now be lining up to perform
- if, that is, they can find a soloist capable of meeting its virtuoso
demands the way Bolter himself did here. A 21st century man who hasn't
forgotten humankind's place in the universe, Bolter composed this three-movement
concerto to depict members of what he calls our 'cosmic family' - the
moon (child), the Earth (mother) and the sun (father) - in musical terms
focused on his own instrument, which he played fully voiced as well as
muted in various ways. He even, briefly, sang through the trombone as
he played it, a haunting effect."
- Boston Herald
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