Listening is an important part of our musical development, but we're not always fortunate enough to hear each piece we work on live. Especially when it comes to solo literature for low brass instruments, there is a lot of great music that is under performed, but recordings allow us to continually access a performance so that we can learn from it.
High quality recordings have the following characteristics:
When looking for a recording, ask yourself if it fits these three characteristics. The resources below are by no means a complete list of places to find great recordings, but should have accessible recordings that are suitable:
The cons - only streaming, and not every recording is a good one! Listening to other students can be helpful, but try to stick to professionals to use as your model. If you don't know who the performer is, search for them online to try to find their bio, or look them up on the Trombone Page of the World or on David Werden's website (euphonium).
The cons - you have to pay for it (which is good for the music business anyway!), and similarly to YouTube, not every recording will be worth the cost. Check out the performers BEFORE you buy.
The cons - Naxos is a subscription service, so it is expensive to buy as an individual. Generally, institutions like schools and libraries pay for subscriptions for their students/patrons. See if your school has it, or convince them to subscribe!
The cons - probably a limited selection, making our low brass specific music unlikely.
The cons - may not be as accessible to someone not affiliated with the school.
The cons - this is a very specific resource, and contains only short clips. For the bigger picture, you'll need to find full parts and full length recordings.
Check back soon for information about the Region Band/All-State audition material and more! Happy listening!
Jeff Dunn, trombone
An avid educator, performer, and advocate for music.