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.
This attractive and well laid out piece, by Essex composer Alan Danson, is generally tonal and contains interesting rhythmic interplay and changes of time to keep performers (and listeners!) on their toes.
Six movements, starting with Quick March which requires some fast and neat tonguing from all members of the quintet. The Polka which follows is full of colour and requires dexterous trumpet playing. The third movement Blues is a long way from a traditional New Orleans blues - with its melancholy mood and Debussy like harmony it is more like a small impressionist tone poem. Merry Waltz is followed by Preamble, a gentle, atmospheric piece at a leisurely walking tempo. The final movement of this suite Tarandtango (Tarantango) cleverly combines two dances, the energetic tarantella and the elegant tango, resulting in an exciting and virtuoso finale.
Written to be light, bright entertainment this work is an interesting, melodic suite with plenty of rhythmic coloration. The four movements are very varied and include a lyrical and soulful horn solo, unusual in this sort of repertoire. For colleges, conservatoires, 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.
Dowland was the most famous composer of his day - he had an international reputation and was famous for the beauty of his songs. The dance numbers here show a complexity way beyond the normal brass consort music of his time. The gentle Semper Dowland, Semper Dolens is one of the most beautiful pieces of the 16th (or indeed any) Century. Arranged by Stephen Wick and suitable for students and professionals.