76 Trombone Pieces?! Hear a Big Parade of Trombone Music in our Music Man-Inspired Playlist

By Haley Henning |

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When you think of the trombone, what comes to mind? A particular classical work, or more likely, “Seventy-Six Trombones” leading a big parade? Although The Music Man (running through August 18 at the Goodman Theatre) brings the instrument into the spotlight in Meredith Willson’s hallmark song, the musical leaves a lot of room to explore the wide world of trombone repertoire.

So what could possibly be better than a parade of 76 trombones? A playlist of 76 classical pieces written for or performed on the trombone! Orchestral repertoire (such as the Finale to Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8), solo literature (like David’s Concertino in E-flat Major), ensemble music (a trombone octet arrangement of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor!?), and more trombone treasures await.

With a repertoire that heralds a wide range of expression and musical capabilities, it’s no wonder Willson liked the trombone so much!



The Music Man runs through August 18, 2019 at the Goodman Theatre. For ticketing and information, visit goodmantheatre.org.