Two baroque anthems effectively arranged for brass quintet by Ian Lawrence. Review: "These Two Anthems by the English composer Henry Purcell provide a valuable chance for brass quintets to play his glorious and very individual music. These arrangements will provide a valuable addition to any brass quintets baroque repertoire." – 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.
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.
This attractive brass quintet based on the traditional sea shanty What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor opens with a fanfare followed by a main theme, first on trumpets and then on the horn. A series of linked variations follow, with the tune passed between the instruments in constantly changing tempos and styles. A strong rhythmic accompaniment keeps the sea shanty mood and the piece finishes with a showy flourish. Arranged by Eileen Clews, this light hearted work gives each player the chance to show off their instrument, so making it an ideal concert piece or a study piece for brass workshops.
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.