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  • Dance of the Mirlitons – Woodwind Quintet

    The Suite of movements extracted by Tchaikovsky from his ballet music for The Nutcracker was an immediate success. As prevalent as the complete ballet The Nutcracker is today, it is hard to imagine that it took years, and perhaps the staging of George Balanchine, for it to become popular.

    Some of the most memorable pieces from the suite are the Characteristic Dances. In Act II of the ballet, these movements are employed to introduce different residents of the “Land of Sweets.”  Tchaikovsky’s orchestration makes adept use of wind instrument color. This translates very effectively in arrangements for the woodwind quintet.

    In this arrangement of Dance of the Toy Flutes (Danse des Mirlitons), flute, oboe and clarinet offer the famous “reed pipe” choir while horn and bassoon supply other elements of the orchestral texture.

    Composer: Mark Questad
    Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, F Horn & Bassoon
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 2:35 / 17 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: D

    Score & Parts $15.00
  • Deck the Halls – Woodwind Quintet

    This popular carol’s English lyric dates from the late 19th century but it’s melody goes back to 16th century Wales. The arrangement for woodwind quintet is a series of variations designed to be fun for each member of the quintet to play. In the end though, it’s a real showcase for the bassoon.

    Composer: Mark Questad
    Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, F Horn & Bassoon
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 2:45 / 19 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: Bb-C-Bb

    Score & Parts $21.00
  • Fiat Lux (Let There Be Light) – Brass Quintet

    This sparkling arrangement is a celebration of the season, featuring a montage of your favorite carols including Joy To The World, Silent Night, The First Noel, Angels We Have Heard On High, O Come All Ye Faithful, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, Ye Watchers And Ye Holy Ones and more.

    This celebration of light will provide a shining moment at your Christmas concert!

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    Performers:

    Marissa Benedict, Larry Hall – Trumpet
    Andrew Pelletier – Horn
    Alex Iles – Trombone
    Doug Tornquist – Tuba

    Composer: Anne McGinty
    Instrumentation: 2 Bb Trumpets, F Horn, Trombone & Tuba
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 6:15 / 24 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $25.00
    MP3 *From the CD: Fiat Lux, The Modern Brass of Los Angeles $0.99
  • 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
  • Good King Wenceslas – Brass Quintet

    Good King Wenceslas is an unusual Christmas carol in that its text makes no mention of the Nativity. Instead, the carol recounts an act of beneficence which took place around St. Stephen’s Day (December 26th). This arrangement for brass quintet musically accompanies the procession of the sainted King and his page on their benevolent journey.

    The mp3 excerpt is performed by the Sine Nomine Brass Quintet. (Used with permission.)

    Composer: Mark Questad
    Instrumentation: 2 Bb Trumpets, F Horn, Trombone & Tuba
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 3:40 / 13 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: F-Eb-F

    Score & Parts $21.00
    MP3 *Performed by the Sine Nomine Brass Quintet $0.99
  • Il est né, le devin Enfant – Brass Quintet

    Il est né, le devin Enfant, a French Christmas carol, occupies an unusual position between the secular and the sacred. Suitably, this instrumental version can find a place on different types of programs. A joyous carol, the text of the chorus tells us to celebrate by playing oboes and sounding bagpipes.

    The mp3 excerpt is performed by the Sine Nomine Brass Quintet. (Used with permission.)

    Composer: Mark Questad
    Instrumentation: 2 Bb Trumpets, F Horn, Trombone & Tuba
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 3:40 / 13 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: C-Db

    Score & Parts $21.00
    MP3 *Performed by the Sine Nomine Brass Quintet $0.99
  • Il est né, le devin Enfant – Woodwind Quintet

    Il est né, le devin Enfant, a French Christmas carol, occupies an unusual position between the secular and the sacred. Suitably, this instrumental version can find a place on different types of programs. A joyous carol, the text of the chorus tells us to celebrate by playing oboes and sounding bagpipes.

    Composer: Mark Questad
    Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, F Horn & Bassoon
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 2:30 / 14 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: C-Db

    Score & Parts $21.00
  • In dulci jubilo – Brass Quintet

    In dulci jubilo is a traditional Christmas carol from the Middle Ages, first appearing in a manuscript dating from c.1400. It has been arranged by many composers, including Michael Praetorius in the 1600s, Buxtehude, Franz Liszt and Norman Dello Joio, to name just a few. An English translation from the original text that alternated Medieval German and Latin by J. M. Neale became known as Good Christian Men, Rejoice.

    Johann Sebastian Bach wrote a choral version (BWV 368), and a double canon (BWV 608) and chorale prelude (BWV 729) for organ. There is also a chorale prelude for organ based on a naive cradle-song version that was once used in the mystery plays held in churches at Christmas time. Although attributed to Bach, the cradle-song version (BWV 751) has never been authenticated.

    This arrangement includes two versions, playable as one piece or separately, and begins with the cradle-song style. The simplicity as well as the imitation in the tuba pedal is quite charming and rather unexpected when compared to Bach’s usual complexity. The second version is based on the chorale prelude for organ and is a traditional postlude for Christmas services.

    In the Complete Organ Works of Johann Sebastian Bach, edited by Edouard Nies-Berger and Dr. Albert Schweitzer, they state that the harmonizations of chorales were not usually written out as the figured bass was enough. These editors also assumed that Bach had a reason and suggest that he wrote them for his own satisfaction or, more likely, for use with his pupils in the course of instruction in thorough-bass playing.

    Composer: Anne McGinty
    Instrumentation: 2 BbTrumpets, F Horn, Trombone & Tuba
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 3:20 / 22 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: F

    Score & Parts $25.00
  • Jingle Bell Rag – Woodwind Quintet

    This piece dresses this most familiar of holiday songs in ragtime attire. Members of an audiences may listen for a few moments before realizing they are hearing Jingle Bells.

    Composer: Mark Questad
    Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, F Horn & Bassoon
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 2:55 / 20 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: C-F-C

    Score & Parts $21.00
  • March – Woodwind Quintet

    The Suite of movements extracted by Tchaikovsky from his ballet music for The Nutcracker was an immediate success. As prevalent as the complete ballet The Nutcracker is today, it is hard to imagine that it took years, and perhaps the staging of George Balanchine, for it to become popular.

    Some of the most memorable pieces from the suite are the Characteristic Dances. In Act II of the ballet, these movements are employed to introduce different residents of the “Land of Sweets.”  Tchaikovsky’s orchestration makes adept use of wind instrument color. This translates very effectively in arrangements for the woodwind quintet.

    In the March (Marche et petit galop des enfants) from Act I, children act as soldiers to music that is at the same time martial and innocent.

    Composer: Mark Questad
    Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, F Horn & Bassoon
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 2:40 / 23 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: G

    Score & Parts $15.00