Thursday, April 6, 2017

Listening Party Part Deux

Our professor, John Manning, was on the East Coast this week performing and giving masterclasses, so the students of Advanced Brass Literature, had another listening party.  

The first selection was an arrangement of Fugue in D Minor by Bach for Horn Quartet.  This performance by the Budapest Horn Quartet is simply outstanding.  

Our second selection was from the pen of Benjamin Blasko.  Victory Fanfare is for Trumpet Ensemble and Concert Band.  Tromba Mundi and the US Navy Band provide the performance in this video.

The selection that I brought to the party is the Divertimento for Brass and Percussion by the late Karel Husa.  This work is scored for three trumpets, four horns, three trombones, tuba, and two percussionists.  Husa scored this for brass quintet, and John Boyd arranged it for concert band.  Husa passed away on December 14, 2016 at the age of 95.  I was blessed to have been one of his assistants for the Contemporary Music Symposium at Illinois Wesleyan University in 1989.  I have never met a kinder man than Karel Husa.  

Our fourth selection was from the pen of Pulitzer Prize winning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.  The Clarino Quartet for trumpet ensemble is scored for piccolo trumpet, e-flat trumpet, and two C trumpets.  This is the first movement of the work.

The next selection is brass ensemble by John Williams.  Quidditch from the Harry Potter film series is score for three trumpets, four horns, and three trombones.  

Our final selection was Alec Wilder's Jazz Suite for Four Horns, Harpsichord, Bass and Drums.  I have played several tuba works by Alec Wilder in my undergraduate years.  His music is creative, diverse, and amusing at times.  This is the first movement from the suite, Horns O'Plenty.  

I hope you enjoy these diverse selections from our class.  I think we covered a lot of territory musically in our party.   

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