Moises Paiewonsky

Moises Paiewonsky, an associate professor of music (trombone) and the assistant director of the UA Fred Fox School of Music, is so widely acclaimed as a trombone performer and teacher that it came as a surprise to hear it was not his first choice of instrument.  “In junior high,” he said in a recent telephone conversation, “I told the band leader I wanted to learn how to play saxophone, percussion, or horn.  Instead, I was forced into the trombone.”

But Paiewonsky has no regrets, and neither do we.  A perennial favorite with Arizona Senior Academy audiences, he will make his seventh appearance on the ASA stage on Tuesday (Feb. 27) at 11:30 a.m., this time with six tromboneists from the UA Trombone Studio.

What Paiewonsky came to appreciate in the trombone is the prominent role it plays in nearly every musical idiom from the Baroque era to jazz and beyond.  The program he plans highlights that time span and features music written for the trombone between the 16th and 21st centuries.

The oldest work in the concert will be the sonata pian’ e forte by Giovanni Gabrieli, a Venetian composer and organist.  Composed in 1597, it is said to be the earliest known music to call for specific brass instruments—in this case the cornet and the sackbut, forefather of the trombone.

The newest work, “Myths & Legends,” a trombone quartet by Eric Ewazen, a noted brass composer on the faculty of the Juilliard School, was commissioned by the Rittenhouse Quartet and first performed in 2001.

The trombonists will also play three of Anton Bruckner’s 40 motets, which have been called “small masterpieces.”

Will there be jazz?  “Perhaps,” Paiewonsky says.  So stay tuned.

Written by Caroline Bates, Academy Village Volunteer

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Trombone Music through the Ages: February 2018