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Tarantella – Brass Band
The arrangements in Bill Reichenbach’s American Brass Band Series were written to showcase the brass band. These familiar tunes are all great audience pleasers and will be a welcome addition to your next concert.
Bill and his band, playing on restored instruments from the 1870s, performed these charts at the Great American Brass Band Festival, Custer’s Little Big Horn re-enactment and brass benefit concerts to name a few.
Each arrangement has the parts numbered from the top down on both the score and the individual parts. For example, numbers 8 and 9 have parts for both trombone bass clef as well as transposing treble clef parts for tenor horns. All the optional versions of the same part have the same number, making it simple to have all the parts covered by making sure that you have someone playing all the numbers. Print all the parts or print only those you need.
This energetic version of the Tarantella from “La Boutique Fantasque” or The Magic Toy Shop by Rossini–Respighi has the following parts included:
1 – Bb Piccolo Trumpet
2 – Eb Cornet/Trumpet 1
3 – Eb Cornet/Trumpet 2
4 – Bb Cornet/Trumpet 1
5 – Bb Cornet/Trumpet 2
6 – F Horn 1
6 – Eb Horn 1
7 – F Horn 2
7 – Eb Horn 2
8 – Trombone/Tenor Horn 1 (BC)
8 – Trombone/Tenor Horn 1 (TC)
9 – Trombone/Tenor Horn 2 (BC)
9 – Trombone/Tenor Horn 2 (TC)
10 – Baritone Horn (BC)
10 – Baritone Horn (TC)
11 – Tuba (BC)
11 – Eb Tuba (TC)
11 – Bb Tuba (TC)
12 – Percussion 1 (Snare Drum, Triangle)
13 – Percussion 2 (Bass Drum, Crash Cymbals)
Upstate Brass Band (all Eastman School of Music students) with Kevin Michael Holzman, conductor, recorded this piece. The full version is downloadable and available at no charge.
It’s also available on YouTube.
Composer: Bill Reichenbach
Instrumentation: See above
Duration/# of Pages: ca. 2:45 / 63 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
Key: G Minor – G Major
Theme and Variations on Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star – Brass Trio
Theme and Variations on ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” utilizes five different variations on this ubiquitous theme, incorporating both jazz and classical styles and showcasing the trio’s technical abilities.
The full-version mp3 is free, performed by Denali Brass. Used with permission.
Composer: Scott Ninmer
Instrumentation: Trumpet, Horn, Tuba
Duration/# of Pages: ca. 5:00 / 16 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
Three French Carols – Brass Quintet
From the glorious opening to the spirited succession of the carols, this arrangement will bring joy and celebration to your Christmas concert. The three carols are Noël Nouvelet, Pat-A-Pan and Il est né, le divin Enfant.
Marissa Benedict, Larry Hall – Trumpet
Andrew Pelletier – Horn
Alex Iles – Trombone
Doug Tornquist – Tuba
Composer: Bill Reichenbach
Instrumentation: 2 Bb Trumpets – 1st doubling Piccolo Trumpet, F Horn, Trombone & Tuba
Duration/# of Pages: ca. 4:25 / 23 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
Tuba & 12 – Mixed Large Ensemble
Tuba & 12 was inspired by a Bedouin proverb that states: “While the words are yet unspoken, you are master of them; when once they are spoken, they are master of you.”
Proverbs, in general, state a general piece of advice. This piece assumed that words were spoken, resulting in tension and an apology. Relationships, the first movement, has brass vs. woodwinds, tonality vs. dissonance, duples vs. triplets, et al. as well as the synergy and cooperation among all. Unspoken Words is the second movement and the dissonant opening theme in the piccolo and flute is presented three times. The third movement is Resolution. Over a constant low pedal G, the horn ostinato adds tranquility as all the themes from the first two movements return in fragmented form, before all is finally resolved.
Although tuba has top billing in the title, each instrument is equally important.
The sample score shows the first page of each of the three movements. The complete recording is available for free.
Composer: Anne McGinty
Instrumentation: Piccolo, Flute, 2 Clarinets, Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, 2 Trumpets, 2 Horns, 2 Trombones & Tuba
Duration/# of Pages: ca. 11:00 / 75 pages, 8.5″ x 11″