Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Listening Party: Part 2

Today we had our second listening party. Below are some of the pieces that we brought to play for eachother...

Fugue in D minor by Bach, arranged by Mexi

This famous work was reinvented and performed by the Budapest Festival Horn Quartet as part of a CD, Cornologia featuring transcriptions of works by Bach, Handel, Rossini, and Monti.

Victory Fanfare by Benjamin Blasko

The recording features the Tromba Mundi trumpet ensemble accompanied by wind ensemble. The trumpet ensemble was founded in 2007 and features prominent professors and perfromers in the United States. Their current personel includes Dr. Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski, Dr. John Marchiando, Dr. William Stowman, Dr. Scott Belck, Joey Tartell, Dr. Bryan Appleby-Wineberg.

Divertimento for Brass and Percussion by Karel Husa

This is a four movement work for an ensemble of 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba and 2 percussion. The recording we listened to was done by the University of North Texas Brass Choir. He also scored the piece for brass quintet which you can listen to below...

Clarino Quartet by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

This three movement work is scored for Piccolo Trumpet, Eb Trumpet and 2 Bb Trumpets. This piece is more moderns sounding with a lot of canonic call and response and interesting tonalities and dissonances.

Quidditch by John Williams

The recording we listened to was of the Boston Symphony Brass conducted by John Williams. It's a wonderful encore piece because it only last a minute and a half and feature a medley of music from the Harry Potter movies.

Jazz Suite for Four Horns by Alec Wilder

This composition includes and interesting combination of instruments including harpsichord, guitar, bass, and drums. This is part of a four movement work.

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