In the autumn of 1985 the Marini Trombone Ensemble approached Paul Patterson to write an extended work for the ensemble to show the many facets of the trombone quartet. The resulting piece was first performed at the British Trombone Society’s Day at the Royal Northern College of Music.
The form of the work is six short movements inspired by Paul’s summer holiday in 1986 at Quiberville, a small seaside town near Dieppe. The work opens with a brisk movement entitled ‘Aperitif’ followed by ‘Son et Lumiere’ which displays the sonorous nature of the instruments. As the name suggests, ‘Bustle on the Boulevard’ is a quick movement, making use of the pairing of instruments. ‘Les amours de Black’ – a waltz with a difference – illustrates the antics of the local dog, Black. The penultimate movement, ‘Lazy Weekend’ , is a slow one, making great use of the “wow-wow” mute. To end, Paul has written a very fast movement aptly entitled ‘Monsieur Non-Stop’. Although the work has a humorous side, it also has a serious one, ably illustrating the many sides of the trombone and making wide use of the large number of mutes to produce different tone-colours and techniques.
Commission: Marini Trombone Quartet
Dedication: ‘To the Marini Quartet’
Publisher: Universal Edition