Saint-Saëns – L’Éléphant from The Carnival of the Animals (Brass Quintet)
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.
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. 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.
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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.
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 Planets Suite in Miniature is an attempt to take the listener through Gustav Holst's orchestral masterpiece in less than ten minutes using only five brass instruments. Only five of the seven most famous and recognisable melodies from the original are used, beginning, like the prototype, with Mars. The different movements appear in the same order as Holst wrote, although the rhythmic pattern of Mars reappears on occasion. The piece ends with a clash of interest as the two most well known movements, Mars and Jupiter, compete for the right to finish. The harsh sounds of Mars are heard first before the hymnal Jupiter theme is heard over the driving rhythm of Mars. Jupiter finally triumphs with the piece ending with one final verse of the tune used for the hymn I Vow To Thee My Country. This instantly recognisable arrangement by Thomas Chinery is both challenging and playable, and of a length that will not tire the players too much while at the same time maintaining the essence and power of the original music to ensure interest for both audience and players alike. A recording by the Argento Brass Quintet can be heard on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGg1-pcHzrs