from opera, if indeed the piece is genuinely by Weber. There seems to be
no hard evidence from any contemporary source that it is by him, but
since it first appeared with Weber's name at the top around the beginning
of the 20th century no other composer has been found to replace it.
Trombonists of course are woefully lacking in works by the great classical
and romantic composers, so they have never thought it worthwhile to
abandon this piece, even if its origins are questionable.
An urtext edition of this piece is impossible, so I have included what I consider to be the best features of several versions that have appeared over the years, plus some additional editorial changes. It is highly likely that the piece was originally written for bassoon, so some low music that is not possible on the tenor trombone, but appears in some editions, has been omitted. I am supported in this by the fact that the Bb/F trombone was not developed until after Weber's death. Similarly, one or two florid ornaments that might work well on the bassoon have been simplified, along with some extra dynamic and tempo markings.
"... Mowat sets out his editorial ideas in some informative notes and I feel he has produced a very successful edition of a familiar piece" Reviewed "Music Teacher"
Romance was probably written between 1811 and 1821, when Weber rested
Chris Mowat was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. As an undergraduate he was Silver medallist in the Concours International d'Execution Musicale de Geneve. Before joining the Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2000 he was Principal Trombone in the BBC Symphony Orchestra from 1981, having previously held the same position in the Royal Philharmonic, Halle and the BBC Philharmonic. He also appears with other major British orchestras including the Academy of St Martins in the Fields, English Chamber, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia and the London Symphony. He was a member of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and founder member of its successor, London Brass. As a soloist he has performed concertos with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Festival Orchestra. He was previously Professor of Trombone at the Royal College of Music and the Trinity College of Music.
As arranger for Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and London Brass, his music is published by Chesters and Brass Wind Publications. His arrangements and compositions have been recorded by artists ranging from the Berlin Philharmonic Brass to Desford Colliery Band and many young trombonists will be familiar with his music that appears in the syllabus of the ABRSM AND GSMD examination syllabus.
Much of his music has been recorded on the Teldec and Deutsche Grammophon labels and played on BBC Radio and Television and Classic FM. He is a record reviewer and writes on brass topics for the BBC music Magazine.