• Equinox – Large Brass Ensemble

    Equal day, equal night, represented by double brass quintet, conical vs. cylindrical. Seating should be in an inverted V, with tuba on the outside left. Going up the left side, next to tuba is horn 3, then horn 2, horn 1 and cornet at the top of the inverted V. Coming down the right side is trumpet 1 at the top, trumpet 2, trombone 1, trombone 2 and bass trombone, facing tuba.

    Brilliantly crafted to maximize the different timbres, the wide ranges and varying instrumental combinations, this is an impressive achievement accomplished with great skill and a welcome addition to the brass repertoire.

    The sample score and mp3 excerpt include all three movements.

    Total duration: ca. 11:15

    I – Autumn (3:47)

    II – In-between (3:45)

    III – Spring (3:40)

    Performers:

    David Wailes – Cornet
    Andrew Pelletier – Horn
    Jenny Kim – Horn
    Bruce Hudson – Horn
    Doug Tornquist – Tuba
    Marissa Benedict – Trumpet
    Larry Hall – Trumpet
    Alex Iles – Trombone
    Philip Keen – Trombone
    Bill Reichenbach – Bass Trombone

    Composer: Anne McGinty
    Instrumentation: Bb Cornet, 3 F Horns, Tuba, 2 Bb Trumpets, 2 Trombones & Bass Trombone
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 11:15 / 54 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $40.00
    MP3 I. Autumn *From the CD: Feels Like Far, Doug Tornquist & Friends $0.99
    MP3 II. In-Between *From the CD: Feels Like Far, Doug Tornquist & Friends $0.99
    MP3 III. Spring *From the CD: Feels Like Far, Doug Tornquist & Friends $0.99
  • Oddball Tomatoe, The

    The Oddball Tomatoe (sic) is based on a short story (with illustrations) written by a friend of the composer's when he was in the 6th grade, titled “The Tomatoe That Chomped Up New York City”. The story is about a hungry little tomato that chomp-chomp-chomps everything from the carrots in the garden to the barn, the house and more before acquiring a taste for metal, which made him a metal tomato. The first sentence was the inspiration for this piece: “Once there was a little oddball tomatoe.”

    He ate cars, a water tower, the city hall and the Empire State Building and became a danger to every city. While walking to California he snatched a plane out of the air and chomped it. The army aimed bombs at him, to no avail. In Los Angeles it started chomping on the power lines as it thought they were spaghetti. Alas, he got shocked to death and fell in the ocean, never to be seen again.

    Only the tuba could possibly become the metal tomato and get that big and calamitous, with lots of chomping grace notes along the way. Only three horns could depict little carrots, large buildings, bombs, New York City, power lines and more.

    The story made the composer smile, and the piece is basically program music that attempts to musically depict this extra-musical story. The story, however, is not essential to the performance of this piece.

    Composer: Anne McGinty
    Instrumentation: Tuba & 3 Horns
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 4:20 / 22 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $21.00