The Lowdown

Andrew Robson (Composer)

Research output: Non-traditional research outputComposition


This piece was written to feature the distinctive and highly original trombone playing of James Greening. In performance the opening Eb minor vamp was extended as a trombone feature, which then returned after the three melodic statements (at letters A, B & C). The main idea is that the composed ensemble sections are played quietly (drums can use brushes). The idea is establish a quiet momentum throughout the piece.

Instrumentation: Alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet in B flat, trombone, baritone saxophone, piano, double bass, drum kit.
Duration: 9 min.
Difficulty: Medium — The composition is groove based and essentially alternates between two key centres. There are some time signature changes however these do not have to feature in the solo sections.
Commission note: composed for James Greening's seven piece project 'Greening from Ear to Ear' in 2012.
First performance: 12 May 12. Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW
This arrangement is scored for five horns however three horns are sufficeint (alto or baritone saxophone + bass clarinet or tenor saxophone). The trombone is the lead/featured horn. A percussionist (congas) is optional and can read the drum chart.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherThe Australian Music Centre
Size9 mins
Publication statusPublished - 12 May 2012


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