• Americana – Brass Quintet

    Two of America’s favorite patriotic songs, America (My Country ’Tis of Thee) and America the Beautiful, are the foundation for this arrangement. With a brief, open fifth fanfare as an introduction, the songs are presented in a straightforward manner, with moving eighth note lines adding color and texture.

    Both songs are safely in Eb, easy to play with minimal rehearsal, and suitable for any patriotic celebration.

    Composer: Anne McGinty
    Instrumentation: 2 Bb Trumpets, F Horn, Trombone & Tuba
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 2:20 / 10 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: Eb

    $21.00
  • Antiphon – Brass Quintet

    Anton Bruckner (1824 – 1896) was an Austrian composer known for his monumental symphonies, masses and motets. He was a simple man with an intense devotion to the spiritual life.

    This motet was written in 1878 and scored for solo tenor, choir and organ. The complete title is Antiphon – Tota pulchra es Maria. It’s not known when he re-scored it for SATB. Both versions feature a dialog between a soloist and the full quintet. His use of sudden contrasts of timbre and dynamics as well as some unexpected harmonic choices make this piece a welcome addition to the repertoire.

    Composer: Anne McGinty
    Instrumentation: 2 Bb Trumpets, F Horn, Trombone & Tuba
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 4:50 / 11 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $21.00
  • 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
  • Die himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes (Schütz) – Brass Quintet

    Heinrich Schütz (1585 – 1672) was a Renaissance composer and is generally considered the most important German composer prior to Johann Sebastian Bach. His compositions show the influence of his teacher, Gabrieli.

    One of the last composers to write in modal style, the text for this piece is from Psalm 19. The title translates to: The heavens are telling the glory of God.

    Originally written for six voices, the piece is ideal for brass quintet and will sound glorious in a church or recital setting.

    Thanks to the Vista Brass Quintet for sending a recording of this piece.

    The Vista Brass Quintet features Emily Lawyer and Tim Winfield – trumpet, Anne Marie Cherry – horn, Charles Lilly – trombone and Todd Eames – bass trombone.

    Composer: Anne McGinty
    Instrumentation: 2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone & Tuba
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 3:45 / 23 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $21.00
  • Drive-thru – Brass Quintet

    Hungry? This is an impatient trip through traffic on the way to the drive-thru. There are blaring horns, near collisions, a dump truck backing up (so obnoxious and so irritating), and finally there you are, waiting in line. The 1st trumpet asks “may I take your order” and finally the tuba gets to order a cheeseburger, fries and a chocolate milkshake. The order is, of course, repeated over the speaker, accomplished by trombone with a harmon. More waiting, more impatience, more car horns, and finally you are satisfied. Aaah

    This piece will be a great hit with your audience. And there are absolutely no calories!

    The mp3 excerpt is from the Tower Brass Quintet CD, Road Trip. (Used with permission.)

    Composer: Anne McGinty
    Instrumentation: 2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone & Tuba
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 3:25 / 21 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $21.00
  • 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″
    Key: C

    Score & Parts $21.00
    MP3 $0.99
  • 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)

    Performers:

    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″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $40.00
    MP3 I. Autumn *From the CD: Feels Like Far, Doug Tornquist & Friends $0.99
    MP3 II. In-Between *From the CD: Feels Like Far, Doug Tornquist & Friends $0.99
    MP3 III. Spring *From the CD: Feels Like Far, Doug Tornquist & Friends $0.99
  • 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 I. Slow Dancing *From the CD: Feels Like Far, Doug Tornquist & Friends $0.99
    MP3 II. Memories of a Lost Love *From the CD: Feels Like Far, Doug Tornquist & Friends $0.99
    MP3 III. Distractions *From the CD: Feels Like Far, Doug Tornquist & Friends $0.99
  • Fugue in E-Flat Major (J.S. Bach) – Brass Quintet

    “The triple fugue … is a symbol of the Trinity. The same theme recurs in three connected fugues, but each time with another personality. The first fugue is calm and majestic, with an absolutely uniform movement throughout; in the second the theme seems to be disguised, and is only occasionally recognisable in its true shape, as if to suggest the divine assumption of an earthly form; in the third, it is transformed into rushing semiquavers as if the Pentacostal wind were coming roaring from heaven.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

    The Fugue in E-Flat Major (BWV 552) has become known in English-speaking countries as the “St. Anne” because of the first theme's resemblance to the St. Anne hymn O God, Our Help in Ages Past, a hymn that would have been unknown to Bach. A fugue in three sections of 36 bars, 45 bars and 36 bars, with each section a separate fugue on a different theme, it has been called a triple fugue, although only the first theme is combined with the second and third themes; for that reason the second and third sections are sometimes referred to as double fugues. The number three is pervasive and has been understood to represent the Trinity. The description of Albert Schweitzer follows the nineteenth century tradition of associating the three sections with the three different parts of the Trinity. The number three, however, occurs many other times: in the number of flats of the key signature; in the number of sections; and in the number of bars in each section, each a multiple of 3 x 3. Each of the three themes of the fugues seems to grow from the previous ones.

    Written for organ, the ranges of each of the five fugal voices works well for the five brass instruments. Articulations and minimal dynamic suggestions have been added to honor the music, to make it sound as it would have sounded if the fugue were conceived for these modern instruments. The tuba can play m. 114 to the end down an octave to sound more like an organ pedal.

    This fugue is available for brass ensemble as well as brass quintet There are Eb trumpet parts included with the brass quintet version. The brass ensemble version has the traditional brass quintet parts, Eb trumpet parts, Eb horn, Euphonium TC and Eb tuba.

    The mp3 excerpt is from the Tower Brass Quintet CD, Road Trip. (Used with permission.)

    Composer: Anne McGinty
    Instrumentation: 2 Bb and/or Eb Trumpets, F Horn, Trombone & Tuba
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 5:30 / 28 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: Eb

    Score & Parts $21.00