Leoncavallo – On With The Motley from Pagliacci (Brass Quintet)
A beautiful melody for French horn, this famous tenor aria, arranged by Tom Whitehurst, is full of soul, passion and tragedy. Vesti La Giubba – put on the costume and prepare to laugh. For colleges conservatories, professionals, amateurs and community performing groups.
A beautiful melody for French horn, this famous tenor aria, arranged by Tom Whitehurst, is full of soul, passion and tragedy. Vesti La Giubba – put on the costume and prepare to laugh. For colleges conservatories, professionals, amateurs and community performing groups. Review: "Here are three short pieces featuring members of the brass family, arranged effectively by British trumpeter Tom Whitehurst. The famous tenor aria by Leoncavallo features the horn. The part peaks at g" and offers a nice opportunity for quintets in school concerts to demonstrate the lyrical and passionate capabilities of our instrument. Likewise, L'Elephant features the tuba with similar deftness. The Finale, familiar to many as the dance of the flamingos in the Disney movie Fantasia, places the burden on first trumpet, though all instruments have moments of excitement in this fast and furious arrangement. While high school level players should be able to comfortably handle the first two pieces, the suggested tempo of the Finale may require more proficiency to pull off. Whitehurst clearly knows what he is doing, and I am happy to recommend these to any quintet that plays school concerts." – Jeffrey Snedeker in The Horn Call, May 2013
Born on the 21st December 1960 Thomas George Whitehurst passed his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Sheffield in July 2012, but his roots are 23 years of service with the British Army Bands, performing all over the world, and where he attained the rank of Sergeant. Since leaving the Army in 2000 Tom gained employment as a brass teacher for Nottingham Performing Arts and within this role he conducts the Concert Band Choir and arranges music for them - he is also the leader of the Swing Band and Brass Group. Other roles Tom has are Musical Director of the Bestwood ‘Black Diamonds’ Training Brass Band and leader of the Bestwood Swing Band.
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.
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 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.