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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″
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″
Timeless – Flute Choir
The past, present and future are combined in this flute choir, commissioned by Bruce Harrell to celebrate his love for his wife, Barbara. The past includes a madrigal by Giovanni Gabrieli and a brief excerpt from an Anton Bruckner motet. The present includes original music written to showcase the ensemble. The future, of course, remains unknown. Written for five C flutes, alto flute and bass flute, this will be a welcome addition to the flute choir repertoire.
The excerpt recording was taken from the premiere performance, performed at the Harrell’s home in a surprise concert for Barbara.
Composer: Anne McGinty
Instrumentation: 5 C Flutes, Alto Flute & Bass Flute
Duration/# of Pages: ca. 6:00 / 28 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″