Our new album called Confluence
If you’d seen us perform as a quartet sometime during the last few years, you probably heard some, maybe most of these pieces. The constant addition to our repertoire, and the addition of Amanda to the quartet, presented us with another reason to record.
This repertoire represents years of acquiring new material, and we might add, countless hours of rehearsal. This is only possible when you really enjoy the people you’re working with. It’s fair to say that the quartet is a passion project. And while we took it very seriously, we probably lost a considerable amount of time in each rehearsal, due to the camaraderie and nature of our friendship. We talked a lot!
But we loved what we were doing, and we also love each other. Time playing together was a joy, and we hope this comes through as you listen.
And so many of these compositions represent a different style, different musical challenge. If you start with Bach, and end up with Joshua, you’ve covered some territory. Starting with the Prokofiev March, ending with Fit de Battle, and many tunes in between, another creative aspect of the members is displayed. No less than seven arrangements, and one original composition, are included, with commissions and gifts filling out the remainder.
So we hope you enjoy listening to this latest chapter in the STL Trombones. But I wonder, could you possibly enjoy it as much as we did? And isn’t that kind of what music is all about?
From Gerry’s retirement concert in St. Louis, watch the quartet perform Hereafter in a live multimedia experience…
Hear from the composer of Tale Teller, Carrie Magin
As a composer, I’m usually aware of the approximate length and trajectory of the sections I’m composing, but in writing TaleTeller, I found myself surprised at the direction the piece wanted to take.
This work gave me the impression I was listening to someone else tell stories or tales, and I hoped to reflect that amusing process in the title. In addition, the piece makes use of the basic musical idea of two repeated notes, which occur in every significant melodic or motivic line, so I found the alliteration of TaleTeller fitting.
TaleTeller was commissioned by the Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony and was premiered at the University of Central Arkansas in 2020. It was an absolute delight working with this ensemble, and I’m grateful for their outstanding artistry in making TaleTeller come to life!