Review


Jim Pugh
We Three Kings:
Six trombones

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Publisher: Cherry Classics Music
Date of Publication: 2007
URL: http://www.CherryClassics.com

Score and parts.

Genre: TROMBONE ENSEMBLES

Noted trombonist and composer Jim Pugh has arranged an engaging rendition of We Three Kings. The tune in F major is introduced by the unison ensemble indicated pianissimo with several meter changes. This conveys the melody with a freely interpreted feeling. A duet is used for the transition into a 3/4 groove which must eventually be felt in one. It is suggested that this is first rehearsed slowly so that each of the staggered entrances can be accurately placed. To be expected, non-traditional harmonies will be appealing to listeners. The melody is shared among the upper parts and rests are reasonably placed in each part. A creative transition using melodic material to an open improvisation solo section precedes the return to the "head" of the tune and a fade to the end. Ranges are not extreme in that no one part plays in an extreme register for very long; however, the first part goes up to c-sharp2, second to c2, and third to b-flat1. Articulations and dynamics are clear, making interpretation relatively easy. Our semi-professional ensemble read this and immediately enjoyed it and wanted to work on it. I expect most ensembles will have the same experience.

Reviewer: David Stern
Review Published January 31, 2019