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  • 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
  • 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
  • Nymphes des Bois (Josquin) – Flute Choir

    Nymphes des bois, also known as La Déploration de Johannes Ockeghem, is a lament by Josquin des Prez (ca. 1445 – 1521) on the death of his predecessor, Ockeghem. Josquin was one of the most influential Renaissance composers and was considered a great master of his time.

    The music is based on a poem (elegy) by Jean Molinet, a French poet and composer. The descending thirds in the chorus represent the names of the composers of that time: Josquin, Pierson, Brumel and Compére.

    The lyrics to the chorus are:

    Put on the clothes of mourning.
    Josquin, Pierson, Brumel, Compére.
    And weep great tears from your eyes,
    For you have lost your good father.
    May they rest in peace.

    Amen

    Composer: Anne McGinty
    Instrumentation: 4 C Flutes, Alto Flute & Bass Flute
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 3:15 / 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