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John Mackey for trombone with orchestral winds, brass, and percussion ” Harvest: Concerto for Trombone” is based on the myths and mystery rituals of the . John Mackey (b. ) once famously compared the band and the orchestra to the kind of person a composer might be attracted to at a party. Mackey: Harvest – Concerto for Trombone – EP Joseph Alessi, The West John Mackey’s music is some of the most alive and spirited music I’ve ever heard.

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With this attitude and his prodigious talent, John Mackey has become a superstar composer among band directors. All are challenging, and many are innovative.

His compositional style is fresh and original. Concerto for Trombone in Mackey provides his own program notes:.

Harvest: Concerto for Trombone by John Mackey

Concerto for Trombone is based on the myths and mystery rituals of the Greek god Dionysus. As the Olympian god of the vine, Dionysus is famous for inspiring ecstasy and creativity. But this agricultural, earth-walking god was also subjected each year to a cycle of agonizing death before glorious rebirth, analogous to the harsh pruning and long winter the vines endure before blooming again in the spring.


The concerto is set in three connected sections, totaling approximately 18 minutes. But when Dionysus transitions to a gentler tone, his frenzied worshippers do not follow.

Their fervor overcomes them, and they jhn their god to shreds in an act of ritual madness. This brutal nohn by the ecstatic worshippers — the pruning of the vine — is followed without pause by the second section, representing Dionysus in the stillness of death, or winter.

Harvest: Concerto for Trombone by John Mackey – Wind Band Literature

The god is distant, the music like a prayer. The shoots of spring burst forth in the final section, following again without pause.

The earth is reborn as Dionysus rises concertp, bringing the ecstasy and liberation that have been celebrated in his name for centuries. You can also read about the piece at the Wind Repertory Project. Your email address will not be published. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.


Harvest – Concerto for Trombone

March 17, Author: Mackey provides his own program notes: Concerto for Trombone is dedicated to Joseph Alessi. Click to share on Twitter Opens in cconcerto window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window. The Frozen Cathedral by John Mackey.

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