songs only as sad as their listener


SKU: 200601 Category: Tags: ,


instrumentation: trombone with practice/silent mute
date: 2006
duration: 13’00
details: 8 pages, including performance instructions; A3 portrait

Programme Note

For David, Elizabeth, Evan, Jonathon, Jonathan, Nick, and Trevor, without whom the work would not exist.  The title is borrowed from Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, a book I love.


Recorded for NEOS.

Sound Sample

Ben Marks, trombone

Weston Olencki, trombone:

Weston Olencki, trombone (Fonema Consort). Canvas Theater, Chicago, Illinois. November 21, 2014.

David Roode, trombone. London Contemporary Music Festival, UK. August 2, 2013.

szene instrumental. Ljubljana Radio-Station, Slovenia.  February 6, 2013.

szene instrumental. Kunstuniversität Graz, Austria.  November 29, 2012.

William Lang, trombone.  I-beam, Brooklyn, New York.  October 20, 2012.

Portrait Concert, ELISION Ensemble. ABC Ferry Road Studios, Brisbane, Australia. July 27, 2008. Broadcast on ABC Classic FM. Ben Marks, trombone.