"Meditation" by Frigyes Hidas (1928-2007)

This piece for unaccompanied bass trombone by the prolific Hungarian composer is a staple in that instrument’s repertoire. Not the tranquil piece that the title might lead one to expect, it does showcase the instrument’s agility and expressiveness. It was written in 1980 for Tom Everett, then of the Harvard faculty, founder and first president of the International Trombone Association.

Carl notes, "This was a fun piece to work up.  Along with Lebedev it brought the most bass trombone challenges.  Discovering the syntax and inflection of the various phrases and sections helped me get a handle on the piece.  I actually had it memorized, but felt the risk of confusing the one or other passage.  I didn't want to do anything to make my listeners uncomfortable, and so took the part on to stage with me.  I ended up looking at it more than I would have wished."