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John Rimmer  

A Cambridge Canzona

Duration: 05' 00" Year: 1961, r. 2008
for brass quintet (orchestral instruments)

John Rimmer  

A Cambridge Canzona

Duration: 05' 00" Year: 1961, r. 2008
for brass quintet (brass band instruments)

Denise Hulford  

Bold as Brass

Duration: 15' 00" Year: 1992
for brass quintet

  • Instrumentation
    trumpet in C; trumpet in B flat; horn in F; tenor trombone; tuba
  • Programme Note

    Bold as Brass is written for a brass quintet consisting of two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba. The work is designed to show to best advantage the varying qualities and abilities of each of these instruments, and accordingly there are solo passages and cadenzas for each. Hulford has experimented with each line as a “voice” and has manipulated and blended the differing timbres to excellent effect. The composition is in 3 movements. The first and third of these are reasonably fast and are somewhat aggressive in nature while the second is slower and reflective. The world premiere of the work occurred in Seoul, Korea, in October 1993 by members of the Korean National Orchestra. The work has not been performed in its entirety in New Zealand.

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Maria Grenfell  

Dancing at the Camerata

Duration: 10' 08" Year: 2003
for brass quintet

  • Instrumentation
    for 2 trumpet, horn, trombone, and tuba
  • Programme Note

    The Florentine Camerata was a group of musicians and literati of the late sixteenth century that gathered to discuss the changing musical practices of the day, and saw the development of Baroque monodic vocal style and the first opera, Euridice. The Camerata would engage in fierce debates about dissonance and counterpoint, and helped usher in a new era that strived to capture the emotion of the tdxt in the music. During this period, music that included brass instruments was widely performed. Impressions of the Florentine Camerata, brass music, and Baroque ornamentation and dissonance were the inspiration for this piece: a madrigal, a recitative, and a quirky tango.

    Maria Grenfell

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Ross Harris  

Fault Lines

Duration: 03' 02"
for brass quintet

David Farquhar  

Finale from "Ring Round the Moon" Suite

Duration: 01' 00" Year: 1994
arranged for brass quintet

Pieta Hextall  

Five Short Pieces for Brass Quintet

Duration: 10' 29" Year: 2007
for brass quintet

Cheryl Camm  

Four Pieces for Brass Quintet

 Year: 1983, r. 2008

John Elmsly  

Gestauqua

Duration: 09' 00" Year: 1989
for brass quintet and tape

John Rimmer  

On the Way to the Airport

Duration: 09' 00" Year: 2009
for brass quintet (orchestral brass version)

  • Instrumentation
    for 2 trumpets in B flat, horn in F, tenor trombone and tuba
  • Programme Note

    On the Way to the Airport is a multi movement piece which incorporates various moods one often experiences before air travel.

    The five short movements are entitled:

    1. Florist – Oops a Daisy – a reference to a florist near the Auckland International Airport. The rhythm of the name of the florist can be heard in the tuba part
    2. Shore Shuttle – a shuttle bus route from North Shore City
    3. Doubts – this slightly scary slow movement hints at feelings of indecision and flying jitters
    4. Where’s My Passport? – a crazy waltz influenced by some wonderful circus music which the composer heard in Le Cirque Baroque’s performance of Voltaire’s Candide in London’s East End
    5. Terminal Traffic – in which bustling, excited sounds stimulate the adrenalin before the actual flight.

    On the Way to the Airport was completed in 2009 and was first performed at an ensemble competition organised by the Brass Bands Association of NZ in Christchurch on 8 November 2009.

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