2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

Paul Hindemith's Sonata for Trombone and Piano
Justin D. Bartz♦
Dr. Jay Bulen, Faculty Mentor

Paul Hindemith's 'Sonata for Trombone and Piano' is one of the most important pieces in the solo trombone repertoire. Composed in 1941, this piece was one of the very first sonatas written for solo trombone. Since that time, it has been studied in-depth and performed often. Hindemith was born in Germany and his compositional style generally reflects this. Most of his works are relatively heavy, loud, and straightforward. The trombone sonata, however, is one of only a few of his pieces which utilizes Italian tempo and style markings, rather than German. This, combined with the opinions of a few of Hindemith's students, leads some trombonists to believe that the composer intended for the sonata to be played in a lighter, more playful style. The presenter will discuss the reasoning behind these varied opinions, and share his conclusions. The presentation will include a performance of the third and fourth movements.

Keywords: Trombone, Hindemith, Piano, Sonata, Style, Music


Presentation Type: Performance Art

Session: 2-4
Location: OP Performance Hall
Time: 1:45

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