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  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Brass Quintet

    Beginning simply with solo tuba, the trombone then takes the melody and the tuba adds a chromatic bass line setting the mood of this well known carol. A brief canon leads to the middle section, brighter in tempo, and using fragments of the carol. And then, a rollicking 3/4 version (in one) with the carol joyous and unexpectedly Lydian.

    Christmas is a celebration of joy and exuberance and this clever arrangement will absolutely delight your audience.

    Thanks to the Vista Brass Quintet for recording this piece. My gift to you is the complete recording. Please note that it is under the Hear an Excerpt as there is no charge.

    The Vista Brass Quintet performers:
    Emily Lawyer, Tim Winfield – Trumpet
    Anne Marie Cherry – Horn
    Charles Lilly – Trombone
    Todd Eames – Bass Trombone

    Composer: Anne McGinty
    Instrumentation: 2 Bb Trumpets, F Horn, Trombone & Tuba
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 4:00 / 21 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $25.00
  • Changes – Flute Choir

    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: Piccolo, 4 C Flutes, Alto Flute & Bass Flute
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 9:30 / 48 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $25.00
  • 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
  • Coventry Carol – Brass Quintet

    Coventry Carol is an English carol written in the 16th century. The earliest known manuscript was from 1534. In those times there were local pageants, called “mystery plays,” in which the common folk performed dramatized stories from the Bible. This carol was part of the Pageant of the Shearmen and Taylors held in Coventry. It is the emotional climax of this long play and its plaintive melody is most effective.

    This poignant carol is known for the use of the Picardy third, which adds a major chord at the cadence in a piece that is minor or modal.

    Excerpt recorded by the Sine Nomine Brass Quintet.

    Composer: Anne McGinty
    Instrumentation: 2 Bb Trumpets, F Horn, Trombone & Tuba
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 2:10 / 11 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: G min

    Score & Parts $21.00