The trombone’s ability to raucously glissando has naturally drawn composers to focus on the instrument’s comic potential – its undeniable clownishness. Embracing this established stereotype and exploring the complex emotions embodied within the clown identity – the ‘tragic clown’, smiling on the outside whilst crying within – this concept album brings together works by established masters, new commissions and arrangements which all celebrate the instruments vast range of colours, nuance and beauty, whilst letting its buffoonish stereotype shine through. So sit back, relax and let the circus begin.
Overture & Introduction
Simon Vincent: A Most Grand and Marvellous Spectacle
Karl King, transcr. Matthew Knight: The Melody Shop
Act I - Pulcinella
Igor Stravinsky, transcr. Daniel-Ben Pienaar: Pulcinella
I. Sinfonia (Ouverture)
VI. Gavotta con due variazioni
Simon Vincent: Mrs. Nisbett's Particular Lament
Act II - Grock, Desirée & Fischietto
Luciano Berio: Sequenza V
Stephen Sondheim, transcr. Matthew Knight: Send in the Clowns
Gary Carpenter: Fischietto è morto
Act III - Keeley & Canio
Rob Keeley: Circus Games
Ruggero Leoncavallo, transcr. Matthew Knight: Pagliacci
II. Vesti la giubba
Finale - Coulrobonia
Simon Vincent: The Triumphal Coulrobonia
Matthew is Principal Trombone with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Aurora Orchestra and the brass septet Septura. He is also on the teaching faculty at the Royal Academy of Music in London and is an active soloist.
His passion for the trombone has driven him to release three solo albums Paradiso e inferno, Matthew Gee’s Amazing Sliding Circus and most recently Schubert’s Winter Journey also on Naxos.
Matthew has performed with orchestras and ensembles all over the world, including the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,Klangforum Wein, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, theLondon Symphony Orchestra, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and has recorded and appeared in many films and television scores.
After studying Music at King’s College London and the Royal College of Music, Matthew took up the position of Section Principal trombone with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. After a brief stint with the Orquesta Filharmónica de Santiago (Chile) he then returned to the UK to join the Orchestra of Opera North. Further study saw Matthew attend the Hochschule der Künste, Bern, where he was awarded the Eduard Tschumi award for gaining the highest mark in the competitive soloists diploma course.
As a soloist Matthew has performed internationally and has had a number of works written for him, most notablyCircus Games and Trombone Sonata by Rob Keeley, and Fischietto è morto by Gary Carpenter. He gave the U.K. Première of Kurt Schwertsik’s Trombone Concerto at St. Johns’, Smith Square and is currently having a concerto written for him by Welsh composer Bernard Kane. He has performed and taken masterclasses at many festivals, including those in Melbourne, Wellington, New York, Sarajevo, Lieksa (Finland), Isla Verde (Argentina) and Beijing. Concerto performances include works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Buxton Orr, Derek Bourgeois, Ferdinand David, Johann Albrechtsberger and Luciano Berio’s demanding concerto Solo in the beautiful Konzerthaus in Bern.
He is President of the British Trombone Society and takes an active part in promoting the trombone and developing its repertoire. Matthew is a Getzen artist.
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