• 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
  • Changes – Brass Sextet

    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: Trumpet, 2 Horns, 2 Trombones & Tuba
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 9:30 / 44 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $35.00
  • Feels Like Far – Mixed Quintet

    Sometimes the intimacy and intensity of a shared experience is best expressed by music. The character of each of these five instruments is retained in this unique combination, yet they blend into a new and distinct sound with timbres that are seemingly remote from the traditional sounds associated with them. This music transcends the composer's imagination and you, both the performer and the audience, have the opportunity to hear your own personal journey that feels like far.

    The sample score and sample mp3 include all three movements.

    Total duration: ca. 11:15

    Movement 1 – Slow Dancing (4:38)

    Movement 2 – Memories Of A Lost Love (4:57)

    Movement 3 – Distractions (2:36)

    Performers:

    Patti Cloud – Flute
    Don Foster – Clarinet
    Marissa Benedict – Trumpet
    Jenny Kim – Horn
    Doug Tornquist – Tuba

    Composer: Anne McGinty

    Instrumentation: Flute, Bb Clarinet, Bb Trumpet, F Horn & Tuba

    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 11:15 / 58 pages, 8.5″ x 11″

    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $40.00
    MP3 $0.99
    MP3 $0.99
    MP3 $0.99
  • Rondo – Brass Quintet

    The Rondo is from Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-flat, k.495, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The request for a brass quintet version was for a concert commemorating a horn player. This arrangement features all of the instruments, not just the horn, and will add a classical moment to your program.

    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 / 26 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: Eb

    Score & Parts $21.00