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  • Russian Dance: Trépak – 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.

    The Russian Dance: Trépak ( Danse russe) is an energetic piece for all the instruments. It introduces Candy Canes in the Land of Sweets, building in excitement and speeding to the end.

    Composer: Mark Questad
    Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, F Horn & Bassoon
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 1:15 / 12 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: G

    Score & Parts $15.00
  • Seven – Brass Septet

    Seven brass instruments. Seven-plus minutes. The tone colors of these seven brass instruments are maximized with skillful melodic and harmonic writing and the use of dynamic contrast. This piece showcases the versatility of brass instruments and will touch the hearts of everyone in the audience.

    The audio sample is from the premiere, October 12, 2011, at USC.

    Marissa Benedict & Angela Romera – Trumpet
    Laura Brenes & Dylan Hart – Horn
    Steve Suminski & Phil Keen – Trombone
    Doug Tornquist – Tuba

    Composer: Anne McGinty
    Instrumentation: 2 Trumpets, 2 Horns, 2 Trombones & Tuba
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 8:45 / 27 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $35.00
  • Sheep May Safely Graze – Woodwind Quintet

    J.S. Bach wrote the Hunting Cantata, BWV 208 to celebrate the birthday of one of his patrons, Duke Christian of Saxe-Weissenfels. It is a secular cantata which contains the aria, Schafe könen sicher weiden (Sheep may safely graze.) This aria has become one of Bach’s most enduring pieces. The aria is sung by Pales, Roman deity of shepherds and is meant as a tribute to the Duke’s beneficence. This arrangement fashions a popular Baroque piece into an effective offering for the instruments of the woodwind quintet.

     

    Composer: Mark Questad
    Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, F Horn & Bassoon
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 3:00 / 12 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: F

    Score & Parts $21.00
  • Suite VI from Banchetto Musicale – Brass Quintet

    Johann Hermann Schein, a German composer of the early Baroque period, wrote his “Banquet Music” suites for unspecified instrumental combinations. This version offers phrasing and dynamics to compliment brass performance and modernizes (halves) the rhythmic values for easier reading.

    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. 6:30 / 19 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $21.00