BRASS ENSEMBLE

All of the compositions and arrangements on this page include a link to a YouTube video

where you can preview the entire score while listening to a recording.

Many more brass ensembles and F Horn solos based on hymn tunes are available

on the Church Music/Sacred Instrumental Music page.

15 DUOS FOR 2 HORNS

15 Duos for 2 Horns - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 3-5

Duration: 20:00

Price: $8.50 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music

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These 15 duos for 2 horns span a bell curve of difficulty from grade 3 to grade 5, with most of them in the grade 4 range. They are arranged in random order with easier and harder pieces appearing in no particular order. Each one is titled for the musical form it utilizes and can be played from the score complete without turning a page. The two parts are always of equal importance and difficulty, crossing frequently.

The individual duos, with locations on the audio track, are listed below.


Fanfare            0:00
Berceuse           0:54
Pastorale          2:13
Rondo               3:49
Passacaglia     5:13
Chanty             6:44
Siciliano          7:45
Canon              9:04
Chorale           9:46
Humoresque   12:00
Nocturne         13:05
Intermezzo     15:32
Romanza        16:12
Scherzo          17:22
Caprice          18:43

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   SOUTHWEST FOLK MEDLEY    

Southwest Folk Medley - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 3

Duration: 2:00

Price: $5.00 

 

Publisher: Grand Mesa Music 

Unaccompanied Mixed Brass Duet                                                                       PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

 

A mixed duet for trumpet and trombone or baritone, this piece consists of settings of three New Mexican folk songs with Spanish lyrics. In the first one, I deliberately went for a mariachi sound, hence all the parallel thirds. In the other two, the parts are more independent. Originally written as a contest selection for two of my middle school students in Albuquerque.

HUMORESKE FOR TENOR AND BASS TROMBONES

Humoreke for Tenor and Bass Trombones - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4+

Duration: 3:15

Price: $9.95 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music

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A fun--but challenging--little duet for advanced-intermediate trombone players. The title reflects some tongue-in-cheek moments in the music. Outstanding recital or even contest repertoire! Guaranteed to make a big hit wherever you perform it.

This is the original instrumentation of this composition. Also playable from this score by trombone and bassoon, euphonium, or tuba, two bassoons, two celli, or any combination of those instruments.

Separate parts are included to do away with awkward page turns.

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This composition is also available in different instrumentation as Humoreske for Horn and Bassoon.

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A LITTLE BARTOK SUITE

A Little Bartok Suite - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 3

Duration: 4:40

Price: $12.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music

Standard Brass Quintet                                                                                           PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

Great concert and contest repertoire for middle school and young high school players. The 5 very short movements are taken from Bartók’s  Piano Pieces for Children, Vol. 1. Also available scored for standard woodwind quintet.

The individual movements, with locations on the audio track, are listed below:


1. Poco allegretto       0:00
2. Adagio                    1:05
3. Allegretto                2:11
4. Molto sostenuto      2:40
5. Allegro robusto      3:48

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A LITTLE BACH SUITE

A Little Bach Suite - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 3

Duration: 7:45

Price: $16.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music

Standard Brass Quintet                                                                                           PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE
 

A Little Bach Suite presents some of the great Baroque master's most familiar melodies in a fun-to-play grade 3 brass quintet setting. Great concert and contest repertoire for advanced middle school and young high school players. 

 

The individual movements, with locations on the audio track are listed below.

1.   Gavotte          0:00                                                                                                       

2.   Musette          1:20                                                                                                                   

3.   Arioso            2:33                                                                                                         

4.   Minuet         4:57                                                                                                              

5.   March           6:31

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FIRST SUITE FOR BRASS QUARTET

First Suite for Brass Quartet - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 5+

Duration: 7:00

Price: $10.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music

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Scored for 2 Bb cornets, F horn, and euphonium, this is a technically and musically challenging work, featuring intricate rhythmic interplay and very ambiguous tonal centers. Although playable by musically advanced high school musicians, it is intended primarily as concert material for serious college-age players and professionals. There is a unifying motif that appears in each of the five short, contrasting movements.
 

The individual movements, with locations on the audio track, are listed below.


1. Agitated, driving   0:00 
2. Slow, expressive    1:02  
3. Frantic                    3:12
4. Solemn                    3:55
5. Quick                      5:50

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DELINEATIONS

Delineations - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 6

Duration: 10:00

Price: $30.00 

 

Publisher: Editions BIM-Brass Press 

Standard Brass Quintet                                                                                          PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

A challenging piece for advanced performers, Delineations is a free variation form based on the seven-measure opening theme, but is not bound to a rigid framework as are traditional theme and variations forms. Some of the variations develop only a single motif of the original theme. The theme, 8 variations, and coda flow together without pause and are arranged so as to fall into a 5-part fast-slow-fast-slow-fast pattern. 

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BRASS ENSEMBLES ON HYMN TUNES

There are more brass ensembles based on familiar hymn tunes in the Church Music section, on the Sacred Instrumental Music  page. Equally useful in secular recitals and concerts as well as church services, most of these arrangements are titled with the name of the tune rather than that of a hymn which uses it. Hymn tunes usually have sometimes odd names (see image at left) that are not well-known except by church musicians. These titles are fine for concerts and recitals, but if performed in a church service, the name of a season-appropriate hymn that uses the tune should be substituted, as most people would recognize that more than the hymn tune name. The most familiar hymn titles sung to each tune are listed in its website entry and on the score. Alternate voicings, where available, are accessed from the same link on J.W. Pepper. Separate buttons access the alternate voicings on Sheet Music Plus.

Here is a link:

Grade: 3

Duration: 7:45

Price: $16.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music

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