Sizzl' for bass trombone (or tuba) and piano
This work was commissioned and premiered by Ilan Morgenstern and Christopher Wills in the Spring of 2009. It is intensely virtuosic throughout and is meant to depict a driving, breathless, frenzied state that is “too hot to handle.” Even the slower middle section of the piece is extremely intense, much as the deliberately precise movements of a tango evoke a sense of dangerous static electricity. In the concluding section the performers are directed to play “as fast as possible;” the heading over the first measure completes the truncated title, and reads “…n’ Hot!”
Sizzl’ is included on Ilan Morgenstern’s album entitled It’s Alive. The album exclusively features the low-brass works written by Robert Denham. Visit http://www.itsalivecd.com/
Denham, Robert, "Sizzl' for bass trombone (or tuba) and piano" (2009). Music Faculty Works. 10.