Sunday, April 17, 2011

Listening on April 13

I brought in much arranged brass quintet music, from many different time periods. Arrangements from other ensemble types can open up your brain to different styles and types of writing. Although these pieces aren't meant for a brass ensemble to play them, a good ensemble is challenged to make the music speak as it was intended, and in this way arranged pieces can be a musical muscle-stretcher for the players. Some arranged music such as the Nutcracker and Carmen are great for engaging the audience. It's always fun for people, especially lay-people, to hear tunes they recognize, and a transcribed piece may be the only way to do that.

Listenings included:

St. Louis Brass
Praetorius - 2 "dance suites" from Terpsichore
Hindemith - Four Madrigals
Scheidt - Passamezzo variations

Bizet - Carmen excerpts
Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker March

Canadian Brass
Boyce Suite

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