Clowning trombonists

The Italians sem to take a more practical attitude to the trombone than do the Spanish: “Rossini’s father played trombone in a company of travelling comedians, in which his mother sang. At 10 Rossini deputised for his father; later he sang in the choruses until he lost his voice; and at 21 he was the famous author of the opera Tancred.” (José Martí, La Edad de Oro : publicación mensual … dedicada a los niños (1874)) I don’t know if Luciano Berio knew this when he wrote Sequenza V, during which the solo trombonist is called on to impersonate the Swiss clown, Grock.

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