Free & Open Concert on Sept. 11 Also Features Pianist Caleb Harris
(MURFREESBORO—Dr. David Loucky, music professor, will present a recital on trombone and euphonium, in collaboration with MTSU music faculty member Caleb Harris on piano, at 8 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Hinton Music Hall of the Wright Music Building on the MTSU campus.
Loucky will perform three works for trombone and piano: Ballade by Eugene Bozza, Sonatina by Kazimierz Serocki and Sonata by Stjepan Sulek. He also will perform two works for solo euphonium, one of which is Two Quintets for Solo Euphonium by John McDonald and the other, Adagio from Sonata for violin by J. S. Bach. Lastly, he will perform one piece for euphonium and piano, Sonata 3 by Benedetto Marcello.
"Although this concert falls on the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11 it is not really intended to be a memorial," said Loucky, referring to the anniversary of the World Trade Center attack.
"However, if there is one piece on this program that could be considered the most meditative it would be Bach’s Adagio from his Sonata for unaccompanied violin," he continued. "In this case, I'll be performing the Bach on the euphonium."
Regarding to the Bozza work, Loucky said it is a signature piece in the trombone repertoire.
"It embodies much of what French composers have loved about the trombone," he noted. "Its expressive, lyrical voice; its capability of intricate technique and its use in the jazz idiom."
Composer McDonald, a fellow graduate student at the Yale School of Music, wrote Two Quintets for Loucky. Loucky said that McDonald is fond of writing short miniature pieces for solo instruments in an atonal style, but with great expressive capacity.
"I am delighted to be performing these pieces for the first time and am pleased that John took the time to write them for me," he said.
At the close of the program, Loucky will perform another work he describes as a mainstay of the trombone repertoire, Sulek's Sonata. He said the work is subtitle the "Voice of Gabriel" and that throughout the history of music, trombones have been used to inspire thoughts of final judgment.
"This piece closes on a darkly triumphant note," he explained.
The Sept. 11 concert is free and open to the public.
• For more information on this and other concerts in the McLean School of Music, please call (615) 898-2493 or visit the calendar of events at www.mtsumusic.com.