Novita: A Review
Currently based in Dallas, Texas, composer Tom Dossett is noted for his contributions to the bass trombone literature. He had a 20-year career as an arranger for the Air Force bands including the USAF Academy Band and the U.S. Air Force Band in Washington, D.C.
"Novita" ("girlfriend" in Spanish) is a pleasant bossa nova that could serve as an interlude or encore piece in a recital program. The three-page solo part ranges up to E4 and finishes on its lowest pitch, F1. The part is full of nice 16th-note syncopations which could trip up a player for whom rhythm is a challenge. However, once a student captures the groove of the piece, the rhythms should not be too difficult. Some of these faster runs definitely do not stick to the major-minor model of construction, so attention will need to be paid to the interval content. There are moments with moderately awkward leaps but nothing insurmountable with a bit of practice. Dynamics are very sparsely written; there are only two markings in the solo part.
The piano part is not terribly difficult and provides some rich harmonies often using quartal constructions and jazz chords. A pianist with some jazz experience would be a good choice but not a necessary one. Most of the harmonic richness falls to the right hand with a comparatively simple left-hand part.
The print quality (a PDF was reviewed) was excellent; something we have come to expect from Warwick Music. I would recommend this piece as a nice mellow addition to the bass trombone solo repertoire.