Jingle Bone Medley

A Medley of  all the titles on our first CD, Jingle Bones. If you like it, and we are sure you will, you can order your copy at ritchietrombonechoir@gmail.com

O Canada

Recorded June 10, 2007 at the Edmonton Moravian Church. The pitch is set fairly low to allow people to sing along.

In Dulci Jubilo
by: Johann Sebastian Bach

This 12th century tune (known today as the Christmas Carol Good Christian Men Rejoice) has been arranged by many composers over the centuries. In Dulci Jubilo means "in sweet jubilation." Here is JS Bach's simple but brilliant effort.

In Dulci Jubilo Choral Prelude
by: Johann Michael Bach

This is Johann Michael's Bach's rendition of the same tune. Johann Michael, by the way, was JS Bach's father in law--father of his second wife. The delightful counter point makes this one of RTC's favorite pieces. All In Dulci Jubilo pieces were recorded June 10, 2007 at the Edmonton Moravian church.

In Dulci Jubilo Choral Prelude
by: Deitrich Buxtehude

Buxtehude (1637-1707) was considered the greatest organist in Europe prior to JS Bach. His version of this piece produces a result of astonishing beauty. The last note of the song (4 measures) might be nominated as one of the most beautiful last notes in history.

In Dulci Jubilo Choral Prelude
by: Michael Praetorius

Praetorius (1571-1621) was son of a Lutheran Pastor who was taught by Martin Luther himself. Praetorius' version divides the choir into two choirs. Typically one plays from the front of the church, the other from the balcony. The only drawback of the recording is that you cannot distinguish the two choirs easily and thus the piece sounds repititious.

Pink Panther
by: Henry Mancini

We move to a completely different mood, the evocative Pink Panther by Henry Mancini. This was also recorded June 10, 2007 at the Edmonton Moravian Church. Enjoy!

Achieved is the Glorious Work
by: Franz Joseph Haydn

This work was performed by the Ritchie Choir in Edmonton City Hall under the direction of Malcolm Forsyth, October 19, 2003

Libera Me
by: Gabriel Faure

Edmonton Moravian Church; March 19, 2006: This is an excerpt from the Libera me of Faure's Requiem. Matt Clark Joins the Ritchie Choir with a Euphonium solo near the end.

by: Roger Deegan

Edmonton Moravian Church; March 19, 2006: This is the World Premeire of Roger's dark and dramatic work, Dodsang, composed specifically for the Ritchie Trombone Choir

Green Dolphin Street
by: Ned Washington

Edmonton Moravian Church; March 19, 2006: This number comes from the 1947 film, On Green Dolphin Street. Larry Schrum arranged this number for 6 trombones or trombone choir. Guest artists Craig Brenan (solo jazz trombone), Larry Schrum (percussion), and Moni Matthew (string bass) contribute to a rousing jazz rendition.

Trombones 'a Plenty
by: Lew Pollack

Edmonton Moravian Church; March 19, 2006: Our final number of the Spring concert involved all guest artists (listed above) and provided an exciting finale to our musical efforts.

Scarborough Fair
arr: Bill Reichenbach

Edmonton Moravian Church; March 19, 2006: This is our encore featuring the famous Bill Reichenbach arrangement of a song popularized by Simon and Garfunkle in the 1960s.

by: Jean Sibelius

A rousing hymn born of Finnish Nationalism during the Russian occupation during the 19th century. Finlandia might as well be the Finnish National Anthem. The piece was composed for the Press Celebrations of 1899, a covert protest against increasing censorship from the Russian Empire. A recurrent joke within Finland at this time was the renaming of Finlandia at various musical concerts so as to avoid Russian censorship. Titles under which the piece masqueraded were numerous, a famously flippant example being Happy Feelings at the awakening of Finnish Spring.

Sinfonia and Chorus of Spirits
by: Claudio Monteverdi

Two pieces from Monteverdi's Opera Orfeo, probably one of the first operas ever composed at the transition from the renaissance to the baroque.Moteverdi was a prolific composer who had his first music published in 1582 at age 15.

Dance and Prayer
by: Engelbert Humperdinck

Engelbert Humperdinck is best know for his opera Hänsel und Gretel based on the brothers Grimm fairy tale by the same name. Here we string two pieces together that occur well apart in the opera. The dance is towards the end of the first scene of the first act where the two are taking a break form their chores. The second piece is the evening prayer, when Hänsel and Gretel are lost in the forest. After the sandman has put grains of sand into their eyes they can stay awake just long enough to perform their go-to-sleep obligations.

by: Georg Friedrich Händel

The sarabande is a dance in triple metre. The second and third beats of each measure are often tied, giving the dance a distinctive rhythm of crotchets and minims in alternation. The crotchets are said to have corresponded with dragging steps in the dance. Händel wrote this piece for solo harpsichord.

Les Ondes
by: Francois Couperin

And here is another "trombonastic" interpretation of a harpsichord piece. Francois Couperinn (1668 to 1743), also known as Couperin le Grand in order to distinguis him from other members of his musically talented family, was a French Baroque composer, organist and harpsichordist. As you can hear, not only harpsichords can make waves...

Equale No. 2
by: Felix Mendelssohn

Equale is a term used for instrumental pieces, especially trombones (for example, Beethoven's equale), written for a group of similar instruments. Jacob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn was born in Hamburg in 1809, the grandson of philosopher Moses Mendelssohn. Because of rising antisemitism the family converted to the Lutheran faith and, in the process, added Bartholdy to his last name. As Felix grew ever more popular, his father jokingly said that first he was known the son of his father but later as the father of his son.

Trios für Fagotte nos. 1, 7, 4, 11
by: Ludwig Milde

Ludwig Milde was born in 1849 in Prague but spent most of his life in Germany. He was a bassoonist and composed almost exclusively for that instrument. He composed numerous studies for bassoon. The four pieces you hear here are part of a collection of forteen pieces. Since the trombone and the basson play in an identical range and in the same bass clef, no transcription was needed for these pieces.

Belle of Chicago
by: John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (November 6, 1854 – March 6, 1932) was an American composer and conductor of the late Romantic era, known particularly for American military and patriotic marches. Because of his mastery of march composition, he is known as "The March King." The Belle of Chicago must have been one of his minor compositions, so minor in fact, that it is not even mentioned in Wikipedia. Reapectfully, we do not agree...

Grand Choeur
by: César Franck

César Franck was born on 10 December 1822 in Liège, Belgium, but took up French citizenship in the middle of his life in order to be able to teach at the French National Conservatory. Le Grand Choeur comes from his collection L'Organiste, composed around 1860 but not published until 1900, ten years after his death.