Complete Solfeggi for Trombone (Concone/Korak)


Complete Solfeggi for Trombone (Concone/Korak)



            The benefits of a "singing" approach to instrumental music have long been recognized.  Historically, pedagogues and performers alike have commented on the importance of lyrical studies in the development of musical expression.  Many low brass artists including Christian Lindberg, Brian Bowman and Gene Pokorny have beautifully recorded such melodies.  The human voice is indeed a model for many instrumental compositions, and it is to vocal literature that we must turn in order to further our artistic growth as musicians.

        Giuseppe Concone was a famous nineteenth-century Italian Master of Singing whose principal published compositions include two masses, two operas, arias, duettini, romances, and other sacred music.  However, by far his most famous compositions are the five volumes of Solfeggi that include the Fifty Lessons (op. 9), Twenty-five Lessons (op. 10), Thirty Exercises (op. 11), Fifteen Vocalises (op. 12), and the Forty Lessons(op. 17).

        Many of these works have already been transcribed for instrumental study and performance, including several volumes for low brass.  Editions of Concone's music by Reinhardt and Miller, and more prominently Bordogni vocalise transcriptions by Rochut and Sluchin point to the importance of lyrical studies for the trombone, euphonium and tuba.

        The present volume, Giuseppi Concone: The Complete Solfeggi, is unique in several important regards: first, it is the only single-volume work containing the complete solfeggi of Giuseppe Concone;  second, the majority of the exercises contained have been placed within ranges and key centers accessible to a majority of players;  third, expressive markings have been eliminated to encourage experimentation with a wide variety of interpretations; and fourth, the original form of the works has been retained to allow for performance with existing piano accompaniments readily available in many modern editions.

        Additionally, Giuseppi Concone: The Complete Solfeggi can be successfully utilized by students beginning their studies in octave transposition, while more advanced players will derive further benefit from applications of alto, tenor and treble clefs.

        In the composer's own words, the purpose of these solfeggi is "to place and fix the voice accurately" and "to develop taste while singing broad, elegant, and rhythmical melodies."  It is to this end that this book is presented.

John Korak

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

You can download the SmartMusic files for this book - go to the left to find the link . Even though the files say BQ-51 (the trumpet version), the music can be transposed to any other key for use with the trombone.

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