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An Albanian Folk Melody: The Essence of FC

An Albanian Folk Melody: The Essence of FC

Nova, James

Arr. Bill, Christopher


  • Ensemble: Trombone Quartet
  • Genre: Modern Classical
  • Grade: 5
  • Duration: 1.5 minutes
  • Catalog Number: AOS966

This piece is a collaborative composition between James Nova of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Chris Bill, trombonist extraordinaire and YouTube overdub sensation. James improvised and audio/video recorded the first part alone, basing it on Albanian folk melody his mother used to sing. That sung melody is coincidently the thematic material for the first movement of a trombone concerto his father composed for him.

Chris took James' audio and composed the other three parts as an accompaniment. He then recorded the parts as an overdub to create a complete and engaging composition.

As far as what 'FC' means, James writes...

"FC is an enigma...its the first 2 notes of the solo! More than that, people will figure it out...initials maybe? Who knows... ;-)"

Grade 5 for extreme high register work at end. Rest is grade 4.

Nice rendition here by James and Chris

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