©2018 Nick Mazuk.


Metamorphosis is a finalist in the 2017 Christopher Bill Composition Competition.

Metamorphosis, for trombone octet, is a piece where the themes constantlychange and transform into something new. In its slow beginning, a lyricalmelody is played against a drone until it’s joined by more trombones. This happens three times. Then, the entire choir is joined together to form theclimax to the slow section before the transition to the faster section.


Almost instantly, the mood changes into a more playful sounding section.A new bouncier theme is introduced against muted eighth note chords inthe background. In its second big statement, the presentation of the themeis broken up with different motives from both the beginning slow sectionand the fast playful theme. In its third statement, only the smaller motivicideas are left as the volume and intensity grow.

Finally, both melodies get squished together. The initial lyrical melody isonce again stated, but this time it’s over the background of the secondplayful melody.


Listen: https://youtu.be/GXf0IeBRO8s

Duration: 6 Minutes


  • Score

    Conductor Score

    All Parts (Trombone 1-6, Bass Trombone 1-2)