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  • Twas in the Moon of Wintertime – Brass Octet

    This, the first Canadian Christmas carol, was originally written in the Huron language using the melody of a 16th century French carol, Une Jeune Pucelle. This arrangement is as expressive as the story it depicts and the plaintive melody is elegantly scored and always full of promise.

    The lyrics are:

    Twas in the moon of wintertime when all the birds had fled,
    That mighty Gitchi Manitou sent angel choirs instead.
    Before their light the stars grew dim,
    And wand’ring hunters heard the hymn:
    Jesus your king is born, Jesus is born.
    In excelsis gloria!

    Performers:

    Marissa Benedict, Larry Hall – Trumpet
    Andy Pelletier, Bruce Hudson – Horn
    Alex Iles, Andy Malloy – Trombone
    Bill Reichenbach – Bass Trombone
    Doug Tornquist – Tuba

    Composer: Anne McGinty
    Instrumentation: 2 Bb Trumpets, 2 F Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone & Tuba
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 5:00 / 16 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
  • Two Madrigals by William Byrd – Brass Quintet

    William Byrd, 1539/40 – 1623, was the leading English composer of his generation, and was a protegé of Thomas Tallis. In 1575 Queen Elizabeth I granted them a monopoly for printing, publishing and selling music and music paper.

    He wrote extensively for every medium then available, except lute. Byrd is beast known for the development of the English madrigal.

    This arrangement by Bill Reichenbach remains faithful to Byrd’s original music, and the brass quintet instrumentation adds color and dynamic shading to intensify the expressive qualities of the music. The two madrigals are Though Amaryllis Dance In Green and In Fields Abroad.

    The excerpt includes the full versions of both pieces. It’s midi, using Note Performer, and will give you a preview of what your brass quintet may sound like.

    Composer: Bill Reichenbach
    Instrumentation: 2 Bb Trumpets, F Horn, Trombone, Bass Trombone/Tuba
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 2:50 / 14 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $21.00
  • Weeping, Sad and Lonely – Brass Quintet

    Weeping, Sad and Lonely (also known as When This Cruel War Is Over) is a ballad that was popular during and after the American Civil War in both northern and southern states, a fitting selection for any Memorial Day celebration. In this treatment the plaintive melody is given an accompaniment reminiscent of the “American Brass Band Journal.”

    The music was written by Henry Tucker, the lyrics by Charles Carroll Sawyer.

    The lyrics are:

    Dearest Love, do you remember, when we last did meet,
    How you told me that you loved me, kneeling at my feet?
    Oh! How proud you stood before me, in your suit of blue,
    When you vow’d to me and country, ever to be true.

    CHORUS: Weeping, sad and lonely, hopes and fears how vain!
    When this cruel war is over, praying that we meet again.

    When the summer breeze is sighing, mournfully along,
    Or when autumn leaves are falling, sadly breathes the song.
    Oft in dreams I see thee lying on the battle plain,
    Lonely, wounded, even dying, calling but in vain.
    CHORUS: Weeping, sad and lonely, hopes and fears how vain!
    When this cruel war is over, praying that we meet again.

    If amid the din of battle, nobly you should fall,
    Far away from those who love you, none to hear you call —
    Who would whisper words of comfort, who would soothe your pain?
    Ah! The many cruel fancies, ever in my brain.
    CHORUS: Weeping, sad and lonely, hopes and fears how vain!
    When this cruel war is over, praying that we meet again.

    But our Country called you, Darling, angels cheer your way;
    While our nation’s sons are fighting, we can only pray.
    Nobly strike for God and Liberty, let all nations see
    How we loved the starry banner, emblem of the free.
    CHORUS: Weeping, sad and lonely, hopes and fears how vain!
    When this cruel war is over, praying that we meet again.

    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. 2:00 / 9 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: Bb

    Score & Parts $21.00
    MP3 * Performed by the Sine Nomine Brass Quintet $0.99
  • Wexford Carol, The – Brass Octet

    This carol dates back to the 12th century and is one of the oldest Irish carols, originating in County Wexford. The Celtic influence is evident in this sophisticated and superbly crafted arrangement.

    Performers:

    Marissa Benedict, Larry Hall – Trumpet
    Andy Pelletier, Bruce Hudson – Horn
    Alex Iles, Andy Malloy – Trombone
    Bill Reichenbach – Bass Trombone
    Doug Tornquist – Tuba

    Composer: Anne McGinty
    Instrumentation: 2 Bb Trumpets, 2 F Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone & Tuba
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 3:30 / 13 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $25.00
    MP3 $0.99