Review


Anton Reicha
Ten Trios: Suite No. 1 and Suite No. 2 : for horn, trombone, and tuba

Arranged by John Ericson


Tempe, Arizona, United States
Publisher: Horn Notes Edition
Date of Publication: 2016
URL: http://www.hornnotes.com

Genre: CHAMBER MUSIC

Born in Bohemia and later naturalized as a French citizen, composer Anton Reicha contributed many works to the chamber music repertoire, including a set of 24 horn trios (Op.82) and 12 trios for two horns and bassoon (Op.93). John Ericson, professor of horn at Arizona State University, has selected 10 of these trios and arranged them for horn, trombone, and tuba. Published in two suites, Suite No.1 contains numbers 8, 11, 12 and 15 from Op.82 and numbers 8 and 9 from Op.93. Suite No.2 contains numbers 22 and 23 from Op.82 and numbers 3 and 4 from Op.93. Ericson’s selected trios fit well together as ordered in each suite, flowing from one to another while providing musical interest and contrast. The individual parts are carefully adapted to fit the comfortable range of each instrument. The trombone part in both suites can be played on tenor or bass trombone. These trio arrangements are accessible to young college students while being enjoyable for professionals as well. Each trio within the two suites has a unique character and each can serve as a great, short piece for students to both study and perform in a variety of styles. Both suites can be heard on the Summit CD Table for Three, featuring Ericson along with Douglas Yeo and Deanna Swoboda.

Reviewer: Russell Ballenger
Review Published January 31, 2019