Started in 1986, the idea was to write a sort of baroque sonata da chiesa, (four movements: slow, fast, slow fast). The first two movements were played by Philip Powell and his cousin Renaud Racine (Piano) for Philip‘s entrance exam for the Zurich Conservatory.

The 3rd and 4th movements were added in the 90s, as mirror forms of the other movements (although this intention was not always strictly adhered to) and the first full performance was at the Kykart Festival, 1996, in Pushkin, Russia by Philip and Dominik Blum.

In this recent revision (2017) the only significant change was to remove the first repeat from the second movement: the typical A A B B form of the church sonata is now A B B and I decided against any repeats in the last movement.

Sonatina for Trombone and Piano (second movement):

Trombone Sonatina (2. movement) — Philp Powell (trombone), Dominik Blum (piano), recorded in Pushkin, 1996

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N.B. The end is changed since the recording was made in 1996