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Gospel Song Fantasy
by Bruce Stark
trombone and piano
approx. 15 minutes (score 23 pages, part 11 pages)
Belle-Kane Publications
$14.99 (US)

Tom Gibson performs at the 2010 International Euphonium Institute
at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, with Paula Peace on piano.
Bruce's works are innovative and exciting additions to the repertoire. His work always opens up new doors for the performer and never fails to delight all who play or hear it!

-Megumi Kanda, trombone
(principal trombone, Milwaukee Symphony
Gospel Song Fantasy was composed for trombonist Megumi Kanda's debut release from Victor Entertainment of Japan, Amazing Grace in 2002 (VICC 60316), thereafter released in the U.S. by Albany Records. Ms. Kanda has performed the work in the U.S. and abroad.
Amazing Grace
Program Notes
The beauty, depth, fervor and spiritual message of gospel music has inspired listeners and musicians the world over. In Gospel Song Fantasy the melodies of many well-known Afro-American spirituals (the roots of gospel music) appear: Amen, Michael Row The Boat Ashore, Joshua Fought The Battle Of Jericho, Amazing Grace, Just A Closer Walk, and Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. While similar to a medley, I chose to call this a fantasy because of the many improvisation-like passages, the atmospheric character of the opening Amen, and the freedom with which I treated the material throughout.

The piece was composed in 2002 for trombonist Megumi Kanda--to whom I am most grateful for advice and encouragement--for her CD Amazing Grace, released the same year. It was written with the intention of creating a vehicle of expression for the trombone's unique qualities, from somber lyricism to robust, rhythmic brilliance.

Finally, a deeply felt thanks goes to the many composers and lyricists who gave us these enduring tunes, for the songs have given hope, strength and spiritual nourishment to countless people through the years.

- Bruce Stark