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for trombone and piano 


11 minutes


tenor trombone and piano 

Year Composed:  


Dedicated to:  

Benny Sluchin

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Program notes:
“Samsara” is a new piece for trombone and piano, embodying the profound concept of the “Wheel of Suffering” or “Bhavacakra” in Buddhism. The Bhavacakra represents the cycle of life, death, rebirth, and suffering that Buddhists seek to escape. It’s sometimes described metaphorically as a wheel that is off its axle, symbolizing the unsatisfactory nature of life.

In this composition, the trombone and piano take turns leading and following, symbolizing the cyclical nature of Samsara.

Samsara is dedicated to Benny Sluchin


Contemporary music for trombone and piano is a vibrant and evolving genre that pushes the boundaries of traditional musical expression. This unique combination of instruments allows for a wide range of tonal colors and dynamic contrasts, creating a rich tapestry of sound that is both captivating and thought-provoking. The trombone, with its deep, resonant tones, provides a powerful counterpoint to the piano’s broad harmonic palette. Contemporary composers often exploit these contrasting qualities to create works that are complex, nuanced, and emotionally resonant. These compositions can range from the intensely dramatic to the subtly lyrical, reflecting the diverse influences and creative visions of today’s composers. As a result, contemporary music for trombone and piano continues to be a vital and exciting part of the musical landscape, offering listeners new and unexpected ways to experience the power and beauty of music. 

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