If you take the most famous solos for a given instrument of the orchestra, you’ll find a vivid character emerges — a character with a magical story to tell. That’s the idea behind Orchestral Tales, Season 3 of the award-winning Signature Series.
To hear the trombone’s tale, click on the Soundcloud play button below. Follow along with the pop-up comments to find out what composition is playing, or scroll down for a complete list.
Read more about the trombone’s characteristics below.
Patron instrument of:
Paramedics. Firefighters. Never giving up.
Trombone-like fictional characters:
- Hodor, from Game of Thrones.
- Obelix, from the Asterix comic series
1 trombone clip to watch before you die:
Everything the trombone can do, in one TED talk. Plus, she tap dances. While playing the trombone:
3 immortal trombone moments in pop culture:
1. The Specials, "A Message to you, Rudy", featuring jazz trombonist Rico Rodriguez:
2. The trombone solo in Frank Sinatra’s version of "I’ve Got You Under My Skin," arranged by Nelson Riddle (a.k.a. The Best Trombone Solo In History).
Bonus: anytime Homer Simpson played the trombone on The Simpsons.
1 reason to play the trombone:
Because no one has as much fun as trombonists do.
Famous trombonists you should know about:
- Bandleader Glenn Miller.
- Bandleader Tommy Dorsey
- Composer Gustav Holst.
- Jazz composer and arranger Nelson Riddle.
- Bebop trombonist J. J. Johnson.
- Pop star Nelly Furtado.
- Former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.
- Hollywood actor and director Jonathan Frakes.
Pieces heard in The Trombone’s Tale (in order of first appearance):
- Mahler: Symphony No. 3, first movement
- Sibelius: Finlandia
- Holst: "Mars: Bringer of War" from The Planets
- Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
- Prokofiev: "The Montagues and the Capulets" from Romeo and Juliet
- Stravinsky: "Infernal Dance" from The Firebird
- Rossini: Overture from William Tell
- Wagner: “Ho-jo-to-ho!” (a.k.a. The Ride of the Valkyries) from Die Walküre
- Wagner: “Halt! Du Wilder!” (a.k.a. the “Spear” leitmotif) from Das Rheingold
- Mahler: Symphony No. 5, first movement
- Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture
- Brahms: Symphony No. 1, fourth movement
- Borodin: Polovtsian Dances
- Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
- Ravel: Boléro
- Wagner: Overture from The Flying Dutchman