Originally composed in 1837, Ferdinand David’s Concertino for Trombone, Op. 4 is perhaps the most important trombone solo in our repertoire. It is asked for as a part of nearly every classical audition for tenor trombone. If you are an aspiring trombonist, this should be part of your regular listening and practice regimen.
Listen to several different prominent players perform this work. There are tons of recordings out there, but not all of them are worth studying. Be picky. Find a quality recording from a prominent player, and support them by purchasing it.
Carl Lenthe, Professor of Trombone at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, has prepared this informative blog about performing the piece: https://trombone.sitehost.iu.edu/LentheLessons/david.htm
The sheet music can be purchased here. This version is quite good, but I recommend looking for the original version. The notes are the same, but the formatting of the original is more commonly used on auditions, so for visual security it may be better to use the older version.
Joe Alessi plays Ferdinand David’s Concertino for Trombone
Christian Lindberg plays Ferdinand David’s Concertino for Trombone