Lassus’ Trombone by Henry Fillmore (1881-1956)
arranged by Neal Corwell

Instrumentation: trombone solo, duo, or trio with CD accompaniment
Copyright: 2004
Duration: 2:00
Range: c to g-1 for standard solo part, C to d-1 for optional bass trombone and c to f-2 for optional high tenor part (with optional ossias, range is reduced for both of these duo parts)
Difficulty: III
Publisher: Nicolai Music
Price: $20* (includes CD accompaniment & parts for all versions of the piece)
Recorded by: Duo version by Neal Corwell (Out Sitting in his Field CD, Nicolai Music)
Other Info: Performed by Dr. Corwell on many school “kiddie” concerts.

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Lassus’ Trombone, written by the well-known trombonist, composer, and bandmaster Henry Fillmore, has been a popular favorite with audiences for decades. The accompaniment for this version uses recorded bicycle bells and other devices to create the atmosphere of an early 20th Century band concert in the park, a venue where this piece was certainly performed many times. Dr. Corwell created this arrangement primarily for use in his performances for young school children because it is a fun tune for young audiences and the many glissandi make it a great demonstration piece for trombone.

This is a versatile arrangement that may be performed as a solo, a duo, or even as a trio. The solo part, except for a few small modifications (added glisses), is essentially the same part you are familiar with if you’ve ever performed the Fillmore original. The duo version includes some fun antiphonal call-and-response passages and large octave contrasts between the two players. An additional “hybrid” version of the solo is also provided. This optional version, which Dr. Corwell usually performs for solo performances, features an expanded range that draws from both the tenor and bass trombone parts of the duo. For the trio version, one performer plays the “standard” solo part while the other two perform the high and low parts of the duo. The duo version can be heard on Neal’s CD “Out Sitting in his Field”, which was released by Nicolai Music in 2004.