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.

   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.

GAVOTTE AND VARIATION

Gavotte and Variation - Brass Quartet - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 3 

Duration: 1:45

Price: $4.95 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

Brass Quartet                                                                                        PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) was one of the most important composers of the late Baroque period. The gavotte is a French dance that was popular during that time. Gavotte and Variation was originally written for keyboard (in Handel's day, it would most likely have been played on the harpsichord).

This quartet for 2 trumpets, horn and trombone is transcribed from an arrangement for mixed woodwind quartet that I originally wrote for my middle school students.

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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 and saxophone quartet.

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

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 high school players. 

 

Also available scored for standard woodwind quintet and saxophone quartet

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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HUMORESKE FOR TRUMPET AND  TROMBONE

Humoreske for Trumpet and Trombone - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4+

Duration: 3:15

Price: $9.95 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music

Unaccompanied Trumpet &Trombone Duo                                                  PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

 

A fun--but challenging--little duet for advanced-intermediate trumpet and 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.

The trombone part may be played by euphonium, bassoon, or cello. Playable from this score by Bb clarinet and bassoon or cello, 
and also available scored for Oboe and Bassoon, Tenor and Bass Trombone, and Horn and Bassoon.


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

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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

Brass Quartet                                                                                                      PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

 

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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SECOND SUITE FOR BRASS QUARTET

Second Suite for Brass Quartet - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4+

Duration: 5:50

Price: $10.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music

Brass Quartet                                                                                               PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

 

Scored for 2 Bb trumpets and 2 trombones, this sequel to the First Suite for Brass Quartet is a full grade easier and about a minute shorter, but still involves some intricate rhythmic interplay and very ambiguous tonal centers. At grade 4+, this work is within the abilities of reasonably advanced high school musicians, but would be a stretch for most middle schoolers.

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

1. Quietly                               0:00
2. Playfully                           1:01
3. Very slowly, mysterious   1:55
4. Lively                                3:41
5. Slowly                                             4:33

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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.

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