After hearing Castèréde's Sonatine for Trombone and Piano, the realization that his music remains in the shadows of his French contemporaries is one that is hard to fathom. Should you be a fan of Messiaen, Castèréde's Sonatine is one for you. Having won prizes in piano, chamber music, harmony, composition, analysis and aesthetics in music whilst studying at Paris Conservatoire, it is not surprising that the composer's Sonatine for Trombone and Piano is full of musically appealing features. Elements include exquisite use of ornamentation, exploiting trombone technique to its full potential, and clever uses of shared melody between the trombone and piano. From the lively and harmonically rich first movement to the luscious melodies of the second, this Sonatine provides an enjoyable listen and fun piece to learn for all trombonists.
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