This is a charming collection of madrigals arranged effectively for brass quintet by Ian Lawrence. Review: "Originally written for voices the madrigals sound very impressive on brass instruments. Suitable for the concert hall or for use as background music to social functions. Also for schools, studios and professionals." – Barton Cummings. Review: "Music by Byrd, Greaves, Morley, Weelkes and Wilby are featured in this arrangement and all are known or at least familiar. There is the popular My Bonny Lass She Smileth, Though Amaryllis Dance, and so on, and all are very nicely arranged in an uncomplicated and straightforward way. The tuba part is a little high, making it more a piece for the E-flat or F tubas, and it is somewhat technical in nature as are all of the parts. This arrangement is a possibility for advanced college and university groups, but professional ensembles will be more comfortable with it." – Stephen Wick 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.
Arranged by Tom Whitehurst, this is a joyful and descriptive solo for Tuba, as it tries to emulate the movement of an elephant. For secondary schools, colleges, professionals, amateurs and community performing groups.
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.
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.
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.