Contemporary Trombone Classics
Contemporary Trombone Classics represents approximately 50 years of contemporary solo trombone music from the 1950s onwards. Published in 2016, the CD also celebrates 50 years of Berio’s Sequenza V.
Requiem… ad Vitam Aeternam
Composer Cain Katsumi Yokoyama writes:
On the 11th March 2011, North-East Japan was struck by powerful earthquakes and tsunamis, which also caused a severe accident at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant. These two tragic incidents resulted in severe loss of life.
I dedicated this piece to the souls of the victims (and my irreplaceable person who passed away).
The disaster on 11th March 2011 forced me to think about death and life much more than before. The inner impulse to compose a piece for reposing victims’ souls remained with him from that point.
I aimed at putting these images into a piece for a solo instrument and felt that the trombone, the ‘sacred instrument’, was the best choice for this piece. The idea to condense an ‘orchestra with choir’ into a 50-minute, trombone solo in 9 movements and to transform it in a new vision, became musically realistic only through Barrie Webb’s performances.
World Premiere Performance
The release of the Requiem CD coincided with the live world premiere in Tokyo on 11th March 2016, the fifth anniversary of the tragedy. Trombone maker Michael Rath prepared a special trombone in red and black for this performance.