Written for players at the Centre for Young Musicians in London where the composer Gordon Carr taught for thirty years. Review: "Music for CYM (Centre for Young Musicians) Brass is an exciting piece that should be embraced by both young and more experienced brass quintets. The beginning of the first movement starts with some counter melodies and shared melodic material between the trumpets. This movement contains some very nice fanfare like figures that build toward the end and then die away. The texture of the first movement is angular with the horn, trombone and tuba providing a stiff ostinato that supports the two trumpets. It is marked Alla Marcia and has a very strict and pointed style. The second movement is in 6/8, marked Andante, and should be performed with a quasi legato articulation. Flowing muted melodies contrast the fanfares nicely. It begins a Moderato but moves quickly to Allegro. This movement has a frantic feel that should be played with a great deal of energy. Performers must be aware of the 7/8 and 5/8 bars. There are seven bars near the last half of the piece where the first and second trumpet are in syncopation with each other, requiring careful precision. The third movement changes meter from duple and triple to compound and to compound complex. It is frenetic and requires a hight developed sense of time on the part of the players. Generally, the piece is tonal by shifts tonality frequently. This composition is recommended for competent high school or young college brass quintets. It incorporates some well placed rests, keeping endurance issues at a minimum. Numerous syncopated rhythms require careful counting and concentration." – Southeastern Brass (the Louisiana University Student Brass Quintet) in the International Trumpet Guild, 2004
Gordon Carr was born in Matlock, Derbyshire in 1943 and educated at Dulwich College and the Royal Academy of Music where he studied the horn with Barry Tuckwell. He has enjoyed a varied freelance career, which encompassed playing with all the major London orchestras. As a session musician he played on the soundtrack of numerous films including 'The Boys from Brazil', 'The Spy who Loved Me' and 'Straw Dogs' and on the backing tracks of much pop music. As a soloist he appeared at the Wigmore Hall, on the South Bank and around the UK, Italy and Belgium. In his twenties he began to write music, and wrote several large scale works for the Locke Brass Consort whilst a member of this group. In all he has written in excess of 130 works. For thirty years he taught at The Centre for Young Musicians and throughout his career has coached and conducted on holiday music courses. Conducting engagements have been with The Locke Brass Consort, London Brass Consort, London Youth Symphonic Band, London Youth Chamber Orchestra, Royal Academy of Music Brass Ensemble, London College of Music Symphonic Band and the International Summer School Orchestra at Keele.
This arrangement by Gary Hunter of Schubert's Adieu portrays the song in a different colour. Written for brass quintet, the song remains lyrical and easy on the ear, and is ideal for church settings and general concert performances.
This arrangement by Alan Danson conveys the triumph and celebration of the Finale of Beethoven's 5th Symphony. The writing is idiomatic and melodic interest is shared between all parts, with rare moments of a contemporary approach to the work here and there. An ideal opener to the second half of a concert. For schools, studios and professionals.
At last, a Mozart arrangement that works for brass! A charming ländler but with the colourful addition of a piccolo trumpet that represents the post horn, and a set of tuned sleighbells (that can be replaced by the more commonly found unpitched sleighbells). Great fun for classy Christmas concerts, but needs a piccolo trumpet player capable of holding high notes! Arranged by Stephen Wick.
Written for Thames Brass, a successful professional brass ensemble in which the horn player at the time was one of the composer's former students. Having spent much of his life as a horn player, and having also had the honour of working with the finest players, in Movements for Brass the composer explores the sonorities of brass in a way that is rewarding to play.