Review


Giuseppi Verdi
Sanctus: from Requiem

Arranged by Randall Malmstrom

6 tenor, 2 bass trombones

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Publisher: Cherry Classics Music
Date of Publication: 2016
URL: http://www.cherryclassics.com

Score and parts

Genre: TROMBONE ENSEMBLES

The opening orchestral fanfare is given in trombones 1 and 2 with octave c’s (c1and c2); the full ensemble plays the fanfare’s ending cadence. The subsequent vocal parts have been orchestrated for the octet with appropriate dynamics, articulations, and phrase markings, and they are compressed to fit the trombone choir range without impairing the melodic lines. Approximately halfway through, some orchestral parts are covered providing momentum to the end.

Divided into two choirs of four parts, here are the required ranges: Trombone 1 – to c2; Trombone 2 – to a1; Trombone 3 – to a1; Trombone 5 – to c2; Trombone 8 – to FF. Parts 1, 2, 5, and 6 are in tenor clef and range is shared among parts to help prevent fatigue. Lip trills are indicated in parts 1 and 2. Designated in 2/2 meter, the most difficult rhythms are syncopated eighth notes. Rapid chromatic passages in unison and octaves provide the most technical challenge.

The parts and score are professionally set. Secure legato technique is essential for a successful performance. Achieving appropriate balance to ensure all parts are heard in their intended layers will require much rehearsal. If you are a fan of Verdi’s music, this is an excellent arrangement that is best suited for an advanced trombone choir.

Reviewer: David Stern
Review Published November 30, 2019