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  • Sheep May Safely Graze – Woodwind Quintet

    J.S. Bach wrote the Hunting Cantata, BWV 208 to celebrate the birthday of one of his patrons, Duke Christian of Saxe-Weissenfels. It is a secular cantata which contains the aria, Schafe könen sicher weiden (Sheep may safely graze.) This aria has become one of Bach’s most enduring pieces. The aria is sung by Pales, Roman deity of shepherds and is meant as a tribute to the Duke’s beneficence. This arrangement fashions a popular Baroque piece into an effective offering for the instruments of the woodwind quintet.

     

    Composer: Mark Questad
    Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, F Horn & Bassoon
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 3:00 / 12 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: F

    Score & Parts $21.00
  • Soundscapes – Mixed Duo

    Bass trombone and violin? The concept of these two instruments performing as a duo intrigued this composer! Edwin Miller and Todd Park commissioned this composition and wanted it to be an audience-friendly performance piece. The result is a three movement work based on the acoustic combinations of the two sounds.

    The first movement opens with a bold statement of “We’re here! Listen!” – dramatic, playful, playable. The second movement begins with the Korean folk song “Arirang” contrasted with “Simple Gifts” and portions of “All The Pretty Little Horses,” and shows off the musicality and sensitivity of the musicians. The third movement’s plaintive introduction leads to a boisterous display of “I can do this, can you?” that features glissandos, triple tonguing, pizzicato vs. staccato, etc., and concludes with the violin playing “Arirang” in 3/4 and the bass trombone playing “Simple Gifts” in 4/4, a loud and triumphant finale.

    Thank-you, Edwin and Todd, for wanting a piece you can play together for charity events, recitals and just for fun.

    The mp3 excerpt (used with permission) features Michael Eversden and is from his CD, Out of Bounds.

    The “Add to cart” button shows Score & Parts; however, Soundscapes is in duet format only, as per the sample first page. Separate parts are not available.

    Composer: Anne McGinty
    Instrumentation: Violin & Bass Trombone
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 9:15 / 13 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $20.00
  • Suite VI from Banchetto Musicale – Brass Quintet

    Johann Hermann Schein, a German composer of the early Baroque period, wrote his “Banquet Music” suites for unspecified instrumental combinations. This version offers phrasing and dynamics to compliment brass performance and modernizes (halves) the rhythmic values for easier reading.

    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. 6:30 / 19 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $21.00
  • Suite XII from Banchetto Musicale – Brass Quintet

    Johann Hermann Schein, a German composer of the early Baroque period, wrote his “Banquet Music” suites for unspecified instrumental combinations. This version offers phrasing and dynamics to compliment brass performance and modernizes (halves) the rhythmic values for easier reading.

    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. 5:45 / 19 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $21.00