for trombone and chamber orchestra
2016, 8 minutes
Prometheus Bound takes its title from the ancient Greek drama commonly attributed to Aeschylus (c. 524 – c.456 BC). Prometheus was a titan who defied Zeus by stealing fire and thwarting Zeus' plans to destroy the human race. He was subsequently punished by being chained to a rocky mountain.
Most of the harmonic material has been created from a combination of Scriabin’s ‘Prometheus’ or ‘mystic’ chord – pitches C, F♯, B♭, E, A and D and the scale from which it can be derived, known commonly as the overtone or acoustic scale. Almost all of the trombone’s material is constructed from this scale (including transpositions onto each of the pitches of the Prometheus chord).
Premiered by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with principal trombonist Mark Templeton as the soloist, at the Royal College of Music, conducted by Magnus Lindberg,