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Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott – Brass Quintet
This piece by Johann Gottfried Walther sets the horn, trombone and tuba in energetic counterpoint while the trumpets proclaim the chorale melody overtop.
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. 3:00 / 9 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
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″
Entrance of the Queen of Sheba – Woodwind Quintet
This piece is a sinfonia with which George Friderik Handel began the third act of his oratorio, Solomon. This lively and festive processional is often played during wedding ceremonies. The flute, oboe and clarinet players will definitely enjoy playing this piece.
Composer: Mark Questad
Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, F Horn & Bassoon
Duration/# of Pages: ca. 4:00 / 24 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
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)
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″