Brass Music Descriptions (Click the link above to view the score and listen to midi samples of the works that follow)
Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba
Daily Warm-ups and Maintenance for Brass Instruments-This manual will help you and your students build and maintain the fundamental areas that are required of all brass players. The exercises are accompanied with a play-along CD that (1) reduces the boredom usually associated with these types of necessary exercises, (2) helps reinforce pitch, and (3) allows the student to hear the exercise while performing in exact tempo. The exercises are categorized so that the teacher can direct the student to any problem areas that need attention and the student can advance at his/her own pace. Areas of maintenance and development include: warm-ups, lip flexibility, attacks and releases, physical relaxation, upper register,
egato playing, musicianship (scales and patterns in all keys), and a cool down.
Brass Quartets and Quintets
Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Movt.1, scored for 2 trumpets, tenor trombone (horn opt.) and bass
trombone is great fun to play and an audience pleaser. The melody is passed around to all players making it appealing to students .
Chanukah Medley for Brass Quartet contains some of the most popular Jewish folk songs associated
with this holiday. Included in the medley are Maoz Tzur, Oseh Shalom, Svivon,Mi Yamaiel, Chanukah, and My Dreydl. A trombone part, substitute for F Horn, is included.
Chanukah Medley for Brass Quintet (same as above but scored for the traditional brass quintet.)
A Christmas Carol Fantasy for Brass Quartet uses some of the most popular carols in a variety of styles and textures. These recognizable carols will create a high level of audience appeal and challenge the ears of its members as they work to identify them in this setting. .
A Christmans Carol Fantasy for Brass Quintet(same as above but scored for the traditional brass quintet.)
Pomp and Circumstance for Brass Quintet or Brass Quartet are arrangements that are very close to the original work commonly used for graduation ceremonies. Unlike other published versions, this contains Elgar's challenging introductory material and finally reaches the well know processional music. Given the usually duration required to enter all the graduates during the ceremony, an effort has been made to distribute the melodic material that will reduce the endurance factor for the lead trumpet. This is a rather advanced level arrangement comparable to a Grade V solo repertoire.
How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place for Brass Quintet is a movement from the Brahms Requiem. This beautiful choral work has been slightly abbreviated for brass quintet. Trumpet ranges are conservative and both trumpet 1 and 2 share the soprano line to enhance endurance. This is suitable as a stand-alone concert work or for a religious service.
Happy Birthday To You has been recently declared public domain and may be used in all settings to celebrate someone's special day. This arrangement is a novelty theme and variations that utilizes several melodies from the classical musical repertoire. Challenge your audience to "name that tune."
Oh! What Fun is a variations on Jingle Bells for Brass Quintet. This should be a real crowd pleaser as it is set in a ballad and jazz style with hints of the melody throughout challenging your audience to recognize this famous holiday tune.
A Waltz for Frosty is a holiday sounding work that has optional sleigh bells and triangle to add to the flavor of the season. This short selection is a toe tapper in 3/4 and will be a nice addition to any holiday program.
Love Song Medley contains some all-time favorites that will be perfect for senior audiences and for acquainting students with some of the music from the "Great American Song Book." This is a very suitable selection for a Valentine's Day program. After You've gone, Bill Bailey, Come to Me My Melancholy Baby, Shine On Harvest Moon, and You Made Me Love You, are set in a variety of styles; swing, Latin, and 70's Rock. All ranges are set to medium level with hi "A: in the first trumpet.
Martin Luther King Favorites for Brass Quintet is an arrangement of hymn tunes and spirituals associated with Dr. King and most suitable for ceremonies on our national holiday in celebration of his birthday of January 15th. "When The Saints Go Marchin' In, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, He's Got The Whole World In His Hands, Precious Lord Take My Hand, Lift Every Voice, Oh Freedom, Keep Your Eyes On the Prize, and Standin' In The Need of Prayer," are included.
Ave Maria is one of the most popular sacred compositions used at all types of church services. Ranges remain comfortable for all players while trumpets 1 and 2 alternate in the higher register. The initial melody is presented in the trombone but all players get a turn in sharing this beloved melody of Schubert.
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, commonly known as Sonata Pathétique, was written by Beethoven in 1798 when the composer was 27 years old, and was published in 1799. This arrangement for brass quintet is playable by advanced intermediate students where the range is limited but endurance will be a challenge.
Adagio from Sym. No. 3 Camille Saint-Saëns is borrowed from the clarinet and trombone duet of this famous Organ Symphony. It's lyrical lines will help students understand concepts of phrasing and dynamics.
Hodie Christus Natus Est by Jan Pieters Sweelinck is a transcription of this famous choral work usually performed at Christmas. This work is a true reflection of the counterpoint and rhythmic variety associated with the Renaissance
Flower Duet from Lakme by by Léo Delibes is a transcription of the lyrical duet for two sopranos, The famous melody has been used for TV commercials and will be instantly recognizable to your audiences.
Puccini Medley of Favorite Arias includes Musetta's Waltz from La Boheme, La Donna Mobile from Rigoletto , and Libiamo ne' lieti calici from La Traviata. The arrangement is designed to provide melodic content for all the instruments and stays well within the range of intermediate players. This should be a real crowd pleaser.
The Star Spangled Banner and Trio from National Emblem March will be a useful addition to any library but especially for quintets that perform for community functions. Details concerning proper educate for presenting the colors are included in the score as the juxtaposition of these two titles are those that are recommended by the Department of the Army
Low Brass Choir (Scored for Trombone 1&2, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba) Due to the use of tenor clef and range demands, unless designated (***), all of these works are written for very advanced high school or college level players. Please see the pdf files on the Go To Listening and Viewing Page to determine if the level of diffiuclty is right for your ensemble
Achieved Is His Glorious Work- from the Creation by Franz Josef Haydn This contrapuntal,
yet melodious, work will challenge your students rhythmically and provide a connection to this monumental choral classic.
Adagio-by Camille Saint Saëns from the Organ Symphony is well known by classical trombonists
who practice this famous excerpt. It is arranged here for Brass Choir.
***A Patriotic Opener- "The Star Spangled Banner," Francis Scott Key, and "Trio from the
National Emblem March." The Trio is played and repeated until the color guard is in place, the anthem is performed, and the Trio is played again to march off the color guard.
Ave Maria is a Renaissance motet by Josquin Des Prez. It is authentic and truly expresses the flavor of sacred music of that period.
Birthday Variations -is a theme and variations on Happy Birthday. It is a novelty number that uses
popular symphonic themes that are blended with this familiar melody. This is great for recognizing students and school personnel who may be celebrating their special day.
Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Movt.1-W.A. Mozart- This arrnagement represents the enitre movement of this ever popular work. Only the key and the ranges have been altered and requires very proficient players.
Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral by Richard Wagner is ome of the most beautiful orchestra
interludes presented here for this brass choir.
Flower Duet by Delibes is an arrangement of this famous duet for two sopranos from the opera Latke. the parts follow those of the original orchestral score but the key has been modified for this choir.
Morceau Symphonique, Op.88 by Alexandre Guilmant is the ever popular solo for trombone and euphonium arranged for brass choir where the choir replaces the piano. The solo part may be shared among different members of the ensemble or one player could play the entire solo.
Three Famous Arias- La donna Mobile from Rigoletto, Musetta's Walts from La Boheme, and Libiamo
form La Traviata, are arranged here for this choir. Your audience will love this famous melodies as they are three of the most popular ever written.
Hodie Christus Natus Est (This Day Christ Is Born), is usually associated with the Christmas season, It is the beloved Renaissance choral work of Jan Pieters Sweelink (1562-1621). Orignally for SSATB, this has been transcribe for the Low Brass Choir. The first and second trombones are required to perform in the upper register to high Bb so this is performable by an advance high school ensemble.
How Lovely Is thy Dwelling Place is a movement from the German Requiem. It is one of the most popular choral works of the Romantic Period and from all the choral repertorie. The ranges for this arrangement are playable by advanced high school students. A well developed legato style is essential and a solid tuba player(s) is requried to make this sound as good as the original.