MIXED 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.

The last 3 trios on this page have been recorded--or are scheduled for recording--for commercial release by prominent professional chamber groups (see links at

bottom of entries to discography entries for those that are already available)

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GAVOTTE AND VARIATION

Gavotte and Variation - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 3 

Duration: 1:45

Price: $4.95 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

Mixed Woodwind 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 is another arrangement that I wrote for my middle school students which I have recently found and decided to make available. This arrangement for mixed woodwind quartet, having been written for a specific group of students, is scored for oboe, 2 Bb clarinets, and Eb alto sax. The oboe part can also be played on flute (with a couple cued notes for young players who don't yet have a strong low C).

Also available scored for brass quartet and string quartet

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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 Woodwind 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 brass 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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SHENANDOAH 

Shenandoah - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 3 

Duration: 3:00

Price: $16.00 

 

Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse      

Standard Woodwind Quintet                                                                                    PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

A setting of the popular sea chanty, this might be called my biggest “hit” because it is still in print after well over 40 years. The promo blurb at the Pepper website calls it “an exceptionally nice arrangement of the well-known folk song; shows the ensemble to great advantage.”

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GERSHWIN'S PRELUDE

Gershwin's Prelude - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 3

Duration: 3:00

Price: $6.50 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music

Mixed Wind Quartet:  Oboe, Bb Clarinet, F Horn, Bassoon                 PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE                                                                   
George Gershwin's Preludes for Piano of 1926 is probably his best-known work for solo piano. Of the 3 preludes in this set, the second one is the most popular and most often heard. This arrangement for mixed wind quartet is transposed up a semitone from the original C# minor/F# major to the more student-friendly D minor/G major. It gives young wind players an opportunity to enjoy learning some classic Gershwin.

Also available for Clarinet Quartet, Saxophone Quartet, and String Quartet

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SIMPLE GIFTS

Simple Gifts - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 3 

Duration: 3:00

Price: $10.00 

 

Publisher: Grand Mesa Music 

Mixed Wind Trio                                                                                                        PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

 

Copland-inspired polyphonic variations on the popular Shaker song. The melody rotates between the instruments

so everyone gets to play it. Scored for oboe (alt: flute), Bb clarinet, and F horn (alt: Eb alto sax).

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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 Woodwind 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+ woodwind quintet setting. Great concert and contest repertoire for high school and advanced middle school players.

 

Also available scored for standard brass 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 HORN AND BASSOON

Humoreske for Horn and Bassoon - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4+ 

Duration: 3:15

Price: $9.95 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music      

Unaccompanied Horn and Bassoon Duo                                                          PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

 

A fun--but challenging--little duet for advanced-intermediate horn and bassoon 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 bassoon part can also be played on a trigger-equipped trombone, euphonium, cello, or tuba.

This composition is also available scored for

Oboe and Bassoon, Trumpet and Trombone,  and Tenor and Bass Trombones


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

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TRIO No. 1

Koreana

Trio No. 1- Koreana - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 6

Duration: 10:00

Price: $16.95 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music      

Standard Piano Trio: Violin, Cello, Piano                                                               PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

 

Based on themes derived from Korean folk music, TRIO No. 1 (Koreana) is in three movements, which are not presented as folk song settings, but use the melodies as the basis for themes to be developed compositionally. The practice of drawing thematic material for composition from folk melodies is practically as old as the art of composition itself. 
 

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


1. Chaconne   0:00
2. Scherzo      4:58  
3. Fugue       
7:57

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Recording by Trio Casals: Alexandr Kislitsyn, violin; Ovidiu Marinescu, cello; Anna Kislitsyna, piano

Released on the album A Grand Journey from Navona Records

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TRIO No. 2

Pastoral

Trio No. 2 - Pastoral - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 6

Duration: 12:00

Price: $16.95 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music      

Standard Piano Trio: Violin, Cello, Piano                                                               PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

 

TRIO No. 2 (Pastoral) is a 3-movement composition for standard piano trio (violin, cello, and piano). It is subtitled "Pastoral" not only to reflect the prevailing style and mood of its music, but also because most of its thematic material--except for the bookend prologue and epilogue--is built from germinal motifs mined from the 1922 Pastoral Symphony of Ralph Vaughan Williams, to whose memory the work is dedicated. 

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


1. Lento - Moderato                               0:00
2. Animato - Tranquillo - Tempo I      4:58 
3. Adagio - Lento                                 
8:27

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Recording by Trio Casals: Alexandr Kislitsyn, violin; Ovidiu Marinescu, cello; Anna Kislitsyna, piano

Released on the album A Grand Journey from Navona Records

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TRIO FOR VIOLIN, HORN, AND PIANO

Trio for Violin, Horn, and Piano - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 6

Duration: 14:00

Price: $16.95 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music      

 Violin, F Horn, Piano                                                                                              PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

 

Trio for Violin, Horn, and Piano is inspired by—but definitely not modeled on—the great work for the same instrumentation by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), usually called simply the "Horn Trio" op. 40. Besides belonging to a different period of music and all that entails, this trio is overall on a much smaller scale, lasting roughly half the duration of the Brahms masterpiece and having 3 movements to the Brahms Trio's 4.

 

Much of the thematic material for this composition is drawn from this composer’s 18 New Etudes for the Advancing Horn Student (WaveFront Music LLC - 2021). The 3 movements, with their locations on the audio track, are:

 

     I.  Adagio; Allegro moderato   0:00

   II.  Andante doloroso                  5:55

  III. Allegro con spirito               10:10

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Recording by members of Juventas New Music Ensemble: Anne Howarth, horn; Ryan Shannon, violin; Julia Scott Carey, piano

 

Scheduled for release on Navona Records later in 2022