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Master of Music

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The purpose of this research paper is to is examine the versatility of the trombone and the diverse styles and genres a trombone can function in to cultivate as many performance prospects as possible. Each chapter provides a brief biography of the lives and compositional styles of each composer accompanied by an analysis of each piece, performance considerations, pedagogical insight to navigate the challenges of each piece, and why each piece helps cultivate a versatile pallet for a trombonist. The compositions examined in this paper are Johan De Meij’s T-bone Concerto (1996), Mike Davis’s Mission Red (1994), Johannes Brahms’s Four Serious Songs (1896), and a quartet arrangement of Claude Debussy’s “The Girl with the Flaxen Hair” (1910).