Arranged by Stephen Wick, this is show piece for two solo piccolo trumpets and is a sumptuous alternative to the Purcell. For advanced students and professionals. Review: "A brief transcription that could be used as a concert opener or as the last piece before the intermission. It is a technically challenging work for all of the instruments and will require good flexibility and range from all players. It is tastefully done and recommended." – Barton Cummings September 1994
A leading free-lance tuba player, he comes from a family of brass players and started his professional career at age 17. He studied music at the University of Surrey and graduated with 1st class honours. He has worked with major symphony and chamber orchestras. In 1992 he took up the post of Professor of Tuba at the London College of Music.
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.
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.
Arranged by Robin Benton, all brass players and their audiences should enjoy this rousing well known March from Verdi's 1871 grand opera Aida. The Egyptian army has returned from its victory over the Ethiopians and the melodies are suitably triumphant in style. The first melody ends with trumpet fanfares leading to the well known second melody which is repeated in a higher key. The opening theme returns and the March ends with a rousing coda.
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.