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Slide Suite No. III: Spiritual (trombone sextet)

Same selection for SSATBB choir or sax sextet.

The Slide Suite was written to give the trombone sextet or trombone choir a true concert suite that could demonstrate the unique capabilities of the tenor and bass trombones.

It was also written to satisfy the itch to write something that expressed some of the depth and breadth of American music. Rather than writing a suite with movements titled with Italian words for tempos like Allegro and Lento, or names of antiquated dances like Minuet and Gigue, the movements are all examples of American musical forms.

The five movements are (in order) Rag, Barbershop, Spiritual, DooWop, and Fight Song, so the Suite is bookended by instrumental forms while the three middle movements are vocal forms.

This is the only movement with a borrowed tune, a very old spiritual called Deep River.


Deep river, my home is over Jordan,
Oh, deep river, Lord,
I want to cross over into campground.

Deep river, my home is over Jordan,
Oh, deep river, Lord,
I want to cross over into campground.

Oh, when I get to heaven, I will take my seat,
And cast my crown at Jesus' feet.

Deep river, Lord,
I want to cross over into campground.


MP3 sound sample: Entire Movement (synthesizer/midi).

SLIDE SUITE NO.III: SPIRITUAL, by Tom Kirkland, for trombone sextet of five tenors and one bass trombone, comes in a pdf file of 511K, with a three-page score, six one-page parts, and a license page, ten pages in all. Performance time should be just about two minutes.

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