• Antiphon – Brass Quintet

    Anton Bruckner (1824 – 1896) was an Austrian composer known for his monumental symphonies, masses and motets. He was a simple man with an intense devotion to the spiritual life.

    This motet was written in 1878 and scored for solo tenor, choir and organ. The complete title is Antiphon – Tota pulchra es Maria. It’s not known when he re-scored it for SATB. Both versions feature a dialog between a soloist and the full quintet. His use of sudden contrasts of timbre and dynamics as well as some unexpected harmonic choices make this piece a welcome addition to the repertoire.

    Composer: Anne McGinty
    Instrumentation: 2 Bb Trumpets, F Horn, Trombone & Tuba
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 4:50 / 11 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $21.00
  • Ave Verum Corpus (Byrd) – Brass Quartet

    Ave verum corpus (Hail, true body) is based on a 14th century poem. This musical setting by William Byrd (1543 – 1623) is considered one of his finest works. A student of Thomas Tallis, William Byrd was the leading English composer of his time, a great master of the Renaissance along with Giovanni Palestrina and Orlando de Lassus, and left a huge legacy of printed music.

    The false relation, the E natural in the trumpet and the E flat in the tuba in measure 2 was Byrd's way of emphasizing the word verum.

    Excerpt graciously provided by members of the Tower Brass Quintet.

    Composer: Anne McGinty
    Instrumentation: Trumpet, Horn, Trombone & Tuba
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 3:30 / 7 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $15.00
  • Changes – Brass Sextet

    M.F.K. Fisher, in her book The Gastronomical Me, wrote poignant stories of her life and career based on memorable meals and her experiences with food. When asked by Julia Child why she chose food and hunger for these stories, Mrs. Fisher replied, “When I write about hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth, and the richness and fine reality of a hunger satisfied.”

    Changes tries to capture that warmth and richness and reality musically. The titles of the three movements are chapter titles from this book, with the music reflecting the many changes that are an inevitable part of living.

    The first two movements are both slow and reflective. In the first movement each instrument has something to say and shares it with the others, with the resulting interchanges both bitter and sweet. The second movement, dreamlike as suggested by the title, recalls big dreams as well as little dreams—success, frustration and finally satisfaction. The final movement is playful and at times humorous, with a flurry of notes and amusing syncopations, a drastic change from the first two movements. The ending, with tongue in cheek and consideration of the meter used, is indeed a feminine ending in the classical sense as it does end on the second beat.

    The sample score shows the first page of each of the three movements. At this time there is no recording available.

    Composer: Anne McGinty
    Instrumentation: Trumpet, 2 Horns, 2 Trombones & Tuba
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 9:30 / 44 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $35.00
  • Chief and Frank – Trombone Choir

    Scored for five trombones, bass trombone and two trombone soloists, this piece is featured on the album “Bill Reichenbach Quartet, Special Edition.” This 16-track, overdubbed trombone chorale is a showcase for Bill’s varied musical skills and was inspired by two men: Chief is Emory Remington, Bill’s legit trombone teacher at Eastman, and Frank is the late Frank Rosolino, the man Bill considers his “greatest jazz influence.”

    More than two soloists can be used is performance. If only one soloist is available, there is an optional part that combines the solo lines.

    Composer: Bill Reichenbach
    Instrumentation: 5 Trombones, Bass Trombone, 2 Trombone soloists (optional part for 1 soloist)
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 1:37 / 17 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $25.00
  • Die himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes (Schütz) – Brass Quintet

    Heinrich Schütz (1585 – 1672) was a Renaissance composer and is generally considered the most important German composer prior to Johann Sebastian Bach. His compositions show the influence of his teacher, Gabrieli.

    One of the last composers to write in modal style, the text for this piece is from Psalm 19. The title translates to: The heavens are telling the glory of God.

    Originally written for six voices, the piece is ideal for brass quintet and will sound glorious in a church or recital setting.

    Thanks to the Vista Brass Quintet for sending a recording of this piece.

    The Vista Brass Quintet features Emily Lawyer and Tim Winfield – trumpet, Anne Marie Cherry – horn, Charles Lilly – trombone and Todd Eames – bass trombone.

    Composer: Anne McGinty
    Instrumentation: 2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone & Tuba
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 3:45 / 23 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $21.00
  • Drive-thru – Brass Quintet

    Hungry? This is an impatient trip through traffic on the way to the drive-thru. There are blaring horns, near collisions, a dump truck backing up (so obnoxious and so irritating), and finally there you are, waiting in line. The 1st trumpet asks “may I take your order” and finally the tuba gets to order a cheeseburger, fries and a chocolate milkshake. The order is, of course, repeated over the speaker, accomplished by trombone with a harmon. More waiting, more impatience, more car horns, and finally you are satisfied. Aaah

    This piece will be a great hit with your audience. And there are absolutely no calories!

    The mp3 excerpt is from the Tower Brass Quintet CD, Road Trip. (Used with permission.)

    Composer: Anne McGinty
    Instrumentation: 2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone & Tuba
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 3:25 / 21 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $21.00
  • Elegy – Horn and Piano

    Elegy (for Herbert A. Spencer) was written to musically express both the emotions of loss and the joyful memories of his exceptional teacher. In the words of the composer ” When hopelessness and darkness seem all encompassing, an off-stage horn enters. This voice, the voice of Herb Spencer, offers serenity and reassurance to those living in his absence. Upon the on-stage horn’s re-entry, only an accompaniment without melody is heard. The voicing of the last chord in the piano crosses the accompanists' thumbs, signaling my reluctant acceptance of his passing, with hands folded.”

    Herb Spencer was professor of horn at Bowling Green State University for 29 years.  The composer was his student for the final four years. He passed away in September 2000 of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease.)

    Written as a gift to this renowned horn player’s widow, Elegy was premiered in 2005 at the 37th International Horn Society Summer Symposium by Grammy Award Winner Andrew Pelletier.

    This is an incredibly beautiful and sensitive addition to the solo horn literature by this talented composer.

    The audio excerpt is from the live premiere performance, Andrew Pelletier, soloist. (Used with permission.)

    All of the composer's royalties are being donated to The Herbert Spencer Student Horn Fund. If you wish to make an additional contribution, please send a tax deductible donation to: BGSU Foundation, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403.  Make all checks payable to “BGSU Foundation” and please write “Herbert Spencer Student Horn Fund” in the memo line of your check.

    Composer: Ryan Nowlin
    Instrumentation: F Horn & Piano
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 8:35 / 11 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $20.00
  • 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
  • Fanfares, Questions & Answers – Large Brass Ensemble

    Written for 4 trumpets, 4 trombones (1 bass) and solo bass trombone, this is a welcome addition to the brass ensemble literature as well as a very musical piece to feature your bass trombone soloist.

    (This piece also works well with tuba as the soloist.)

    Composer: Bill Reichenbach
    Instrumentation: 4 Trumpets, 4 Trombones, Bass Trombone solo (or Tuba)
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 3:10 / 25 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $25.00
  • Forbidden – Horn and Piano

    Commissioned by Grammy-award winning horn player Andrew Pelletier, this very fast-paced and highly energetic piece draws its inspiration from the final moments of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s fly in his poem: The Death of the Fly (1810).

    “WITH eagerness he drinks the treach'rous potion,

    Nor stops to rest, by the first taste misled;
    Sweet is the draught, but soon all power of motion

    He finds has from his tender members fled;
    No longer has he strength to plume his wing,
    No longer strength to raise his head, poor thing!
    E'en in enjoyment's hour his life he loses,
    His little foot to bear his weight refuses;
    So on he sips, and ere his draught is o'er,
    Death veils his thousand eyes for evermore.”

    Premiered in 2006 on Andrew Pelletier’s recital entitled American Journey at Bowling Green State University, this piece begins as the fly takes his first sip of the forbidden potion. The simultaneous euphoria and terror is explored as the fly realizes his fate. With one final hurrah, he finishes his drink and “death veils his thousand eyes for evermore.”

    The audio excerpt is from the live premiere performance, Andrew Pelletier, soloist. (Used with permission.)

    Composer: Ryan Nowlin
    Instrumentation: F Horn & Piano
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 4:35 / 19 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $20.00