Arthur Pryor's Thoughts Of Love solo has been a popular standard in the Trombone solo repertoire for generations. It is now available for Solo Trombone with 12-part Brass Ensemble for advanced performers and wonderfully arranged by Bob Burnham.
This lovely turn of the 20th Century work has the charm of a Strauss Waltz and the dazzle that Pryor was known for. A great way to show off your star Trombonist on a concert.
Mp3 sound demo is from a live performance by Jimmy Clark, Principal Trombonist of the Dallas Opera accompanied by "The Blast of Brass Ensemble" conducted by Dr. Brian Merrill.
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Pryor was born on the second floor of the Lyceum Theater in Saint Joseph,
Missouri. He first took up music at a very young age and was playing the valve
trombone by age 11. By age 15 he had mastered the slide trombone and was
awarded a spot in his father's band. He was hailed as a prodigy after this. Shifted
to another band, Pryor went on to direct the Stanley Opera Company in Denver,
Colorado until joining the John Philip Sousa Band in 1892. He played his first solo
with the Sousa Band at age 22 during the World's Columbian Exposition in
Chicago in 1893. During his 12 years with the Sousa Band, Pryor estimated that
he played 10,000 solos. From 1895 to 1903 Pryor was assistant conductor of the
Sousa Band. After leaving the Sousa Band, he formed his own band, which made
its debut at the Majestic Theatre in New York City on November 15, 1903. The
Pryor Band toured until 1909, when he decided to settle down and make Asbury
Park, New Jersey the home of the band. Also at this time he became a staff
conductor and arranger for the Victor Talking Machine Company in Camden, New
He set to work on an opera titled Peter and Paul, with a libretto by L. Frank
Baum, though the whereabouts of libretto or score are unknown. It was intended
to star Fred Stone and David Montgomery in several roles in several time
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