Dale Vail

Trombonist, Composer, Nice Guy

Crimson Moon

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Crimson Moon

60.00

Crimson Moon is a work written for Solo Trombone and Brass Band. The work was inspired by a red moon that appeared over Wellington in 2014. Crimson Moon depicts a fictional theory that the colour was caused by a raging fire on the moon's surface. The trombone soloist is a pair of eyes experiencing the phenomenon first hand, depicting the sights, excitement, and adrenalin that could be invoked by such an event. The band is the environment around the soloist, unpredictable and exciting.


The work is full of jazz influences, and demonstrates the trombonists technical ability around the instrument, particularly in double tonguing and register. Perhaps more so, it demonstrates the trombonists ability to play with passion and excitement. The work begins with the fire starting up in the band, and the trombonist enters with a sequence of semiquaver runs. The first section swaps between two motifs, the first being reserved in dynamic, and lyrical over the top of an intense rhythmic accompaniment from the drum kit. The second is a jazz rock style motif that separates the band into bass and shot notes, whilst the trombonist performs above.

The second section depicts a cloud passing over the moon, no one is sure what’s lurking beneath, perhaps the cloud is merely smoke from the moon’s flames. The mysterious melody features octatonic scales that change one or two notes every four bars to create a dissonant, developing harmony beneath the trombonists lyrical passage.

The clouds clear revealing the moon more crimson than ever, and the first section returns with more virtuosic variation, into a high intensity rhythmical ending.

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