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Madonna of Silence

a drama for trombone and orchestra

By John Casken

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Trombone and orchestra (, vib, crot, tub bells, tam-t, lg Javanese gong, Chinese cym, sizzle cymbal, tuned gong, bell plate, cowbell, Japanese singling bowl, 2 bongos, s.d., b.d., hi-hat, wdblks, rain stick, shaker, guiro, frusta)-str)
A drama for trombone and orchestra. Composed by John Casken (1949-). This edition: Saddle stitching. Sheet music. Study Score. Classical. Study score. Composed 2017-2018. 94 pages. Duration 24'. Schott Music #ED 14044. Published by Schott Music (HL.49046316).

Item Number: HL.49046316

ISBN 9781540072108.

Madonna of Silence is far from the quiet piece implied by the title. Indeed, it reflects the inner turbulence of Michelangelo's extraordinary drawing Madonna del Silenzio on which the work is based. Michelangelo's drawing has informed every aspect of my new work, which I have decided not to call trombone concerto, but a drama for trombone and orchestra. The trombone takes on many roles: at the start it represents the quiet, inner voice of the Madonna as she gazes in contemplation at the child, later singing a hymn and, towards the end of the work, lamentations. Both soloist and orchestra are equally engaged in the unfolding drama of a scene brimming with unease and premonitions. John Casken.

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