The International Trombone Association Press has published the third volume of Stereograms, Nos. 21-30. These original unaccompanied solos for bass trombone are also appropriate for tenor trombone with ‘f’-attachment and work well for euphonium, bassoon, ‘cello and most bass clef instruments. Featuring self-accompaniment in the style of Bobby McFerrin, Stereograms have garnered praise and been recorded and performed around the world.
The latest collection, “Everglades”, ranges in style from Funk Etudes dedicated to Bill Reichenbach and Fred Wesley to Swing tributes for Glenn Miller and “Tricky” Sam Nanton. The most recent volume features a mixed-meter romp honoring Chris Brubeck and two additional ‘laid back’ etudes which have soaked up impressions of the Florida Keys and are dedicated to Jeff Reynolds and Ken Thompkins.
Those who enjoyed ‘Spain’ or ‘Africa’ from Volume II will be drawn to No. 26-‘Cuba’ from Volume III. Dedicated to Phil Teele, this extended concert Etude utilizes innovative expressive devices with flowing, hypnotic Afro-Cuban mixed-meters. Two final pieces include a novelty ‘gliss-fest’ dedicated to Henry Fillmore and a dreamy piece of Americana honoring Emory Remington. “Everglades” is available from Hickey’s Music and other fine retailers.
The ITA Press also publishes Stereograms Nos. 1-20, Volumes I & II The release of Volume III joins the first two volumes of Stereograms which are in their fourth printing and are published as a set. Volume I-“Three Smooth Stones” includes Stereograms Nos. 1-10, and Volume II-“Modern Renaissance” is comprised of Stereograms Nos. 11-20. They may be purchased from Hickey’s Music and other fine retailers.
Two free original Stereograms are found on davidbrubeck.com: No. 1 “Pankow” and No. 11 “Miami”. The link to purchase Stereograms Volumes I & II is listed below. (Separate editions of Volumes I & II are available for Eb saxophone and tuba.)
Praise for Stereograms…
“I find these works most enjoyable and unique – and fill a void in trombone literature. They are excellent as studies, training pieces for phrasing, perfect encores, and would be effective combined to create an unaccompanied suite for bass trombone.” Tom Everett, Harvard University
“I came across Stereograms again a few weeks ago and I’ve been enjoying them quite a bit – playing several a day as part of my daily routine. They cover a lot of ground, are well written and fun to play and make me smile. They keep my reading sharp and are a good challenge to play in different styles.” Doug Yeo, Boston Symphony Orchestra
“Commercial style pieces like these are much needed. These Stereograms are very much on the commercial side – including accompaniment patterns which you can also play musically. They remind me of the patterns in the music Nelson Riddle used to write for me that I was so fond of.” George Roberts, Mr. Bass Trombone
“These inventive and enjoyable studies add creatively to the bass trombone literature. I predict Stereograms for the bass trombone will become a staple in most bass trombone studios.” Dr. Thomas Streeter, Illinois Wesleyan University
“Rarely does a collection of Etudes come along to stimulate a player to work on its challenges to the exclusion of the “Standards” ….Kopprasch, Fink, Slama, Blazevich et al. Dave Brubeck has done it! My students demonstrate a much higher degree of preparation on the Stereograms than any other assigned material. What’s not to like? Melodies, rhythms, range, style, musicality – Stereograms have it all. I hope this is just the first of many more Etudes for the Bass Trombone.” Don Knaub, University of Texas
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