tell you what

Duration: 5'

Instrumentation: solo bass trombone

Program Notes:

"Tell You What" was written for Matthew Karatsu as part of a project in conjunction with the University of Michigan trombone studio, led by professor David Jackson. The piece consists of several sections, containing passages based around a main theme and idiomatic trombone sounds, such as slide vibrato and glissandi, and contrasting lyrical passages. The wide range of character within the piece highlights the expressive range of the bass trombone, from the light jazz inspired middle section to the fast and aggressive ostinato that closes the piece. My thanks to Matthew for his help in the composition of this piece.

Concert Premiere: March 12th, 2012, by Matthew Karatsu, Britton Recital Hall, Ann Arbor, MI.