This paper focuses on three selected works for trombone ensemble written by Frigyes Hidas. At least two of the three were written with the purpose of establishing a trombone ensemble. His compositional style blends early Hungarian folk music with twentieth-century compositional techniques. Hidas employs Bulgarian rhythms and rhythmic pulses as well as asymmetrical rhythms to create his unique compositional style. His use of parallel and contrary motion in his writing and voice leading allows performers, especially young performers, to better understand tuning principles. These pieces are accessible for young performers yet challenging for more accomplished performers, each allowing the performers to make musical choices and to develop a unique and personal musical style. Hidas’ contributions to the brass repertory, while not extensive, are important to the brass community and worthy of further study and performance.
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