Two Bach fugues arranged effectively for brass quintet by Ian Lawrence. For schools, studios and professionals. Review: "The first of these fugues is from the Magnificat in D and is very grand and imposing in character. The writing for voices and orchestra transcribes very well for brass, especially the big tutti passages in rhythmic unison, which create a very dramatic effect. The individual lines of the fugue are heard with great clarity when played by brass instruments, and yet a richness is achieved when all the instruments are heard playing together. The second fugue is from the motet Jesu meine Freude written (as was the Magnificat) in the year of 1723. It is more florid in character than the rather more stolid first fugue, and creates an agreeable contrast. There is a rousing finish as this beautiful and intricate work reaches its conclusion. For any brass quintet planning a baroque concert, the music of J. S. Bach is an essential ingredient. These wonderful fugues would provide that indispensable element." – Stephen Wick, September 1994. Review: "A good transcription of two short fugues by Bach, and one that features a lot of markings for interpretation. This does not draw away from the music, and they make good sense when followed. This is a good transcription for college and university groups, although professional ensembles will find it useful for school programmes or as a filler." – The Horn Call, September 1994
Ian Lawrence was educated at Queens' College, Cambridge (MA) and Leeds University (PhD). He has published some 30 books, arrangements, compositions and TV scripts and is now living in Cambridge where he hopes to continue producing arrangements.
Difficult but rewarding arrangements that require trumpet players who can change from the B flat trumpet to the piccolo trumpet with ease. The trombone plays 'second horn' in all the horn call type figures and the tuba part requires some nimble playing. Stephen Wick's excellent arrangements have been heard around the world in his performances with the English Brass Ensemble. For advanced student groups, studios and professionals.
The Swan is the most famous movement from The Carnival of the Animals, usually represented by the 'cello which emulates the swan elegantly gliding over the water with only its reflection for company. In this arrangement for brass quintet it is the trombone with its lush tenor sound, that should be played in the style of Tommy Dorsey, that gives the swan its grace. The other instruments accompany the trombone with rolling chords which represent the feet of the swan hidden beneath the water propelling it along. This powerful melody will leave your hair standing up and a tear in your eye.
This arrangement by Robin Benton uses just two of the numerous themes from Richard Wagner's overture to his 1868 opera The Mastersingers of Nuremberg. The opening theme represents the Mastersingers themselves. This dignified melody is stated and then developed contrapuntally, leading to the second theme - this theme is used in the opera for the entry of the Mastersingers. The music builds to a climax that introduces a short reprise of the majestic Mastersingers theme, and triumphant fanfares bring the piece to a rousing finish.
This arrangement of familiar nursery rhymes was intended as a means of introducing younger children to the medium of the brass quintet. Each rhyme is dressed in a musical identity, with each player given plenty of note activity. Some rhymes are slightly tongue in cheek while others are blatantly satirical. The work opens and closes with the rhyme Oranges and Lemons and the medley runs logically lasting for 5 to 6 minutes. It is an ideal encore item or light alternative to follow a quintet that might have challenged both performer and listener. A Medley of Rhymes for Five Brass is a popular addition to serious concert programmes.
This attractive brass quintet based on the traditional sea shanty What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor opens with a fanfare followed by a main theme, first on trumpets and then on the horn. A series of linked variations follow, with the tune passed between the instruments in constantly changing tempos and styles. A strong rhythmic accompaniment keeps the sea shanty mood and the piece finishes with a showy flourish. Arranged by Eileen Clews, this light hearted work gives each player the chance to show off their instrument, so making it an ideal concert piece or a study piece for brass workshops.