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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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Anthony Ritchie  

Brass Quintet

Duration: 12' 00" Year: 1992

  • Instrumentation
    2 trumpets in C; Horn in F; tenor trombone; tuba
  • Programme Note

    Ritchie’s Brass Quintet is dedicated to his father, John Ritchie, and was composed in 1992 for the Canterbury Quintet. Unfortunately this ensemble folded before the work could be performed, and consequently the composer had not heard the work prior to the recording by the NZ Chamber Brass. Ritchie notes that, at the time of composing the work, he was fascinated by the work of several Minimalist composers, this influence being most apparent in the first two movements.

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Kenneth Young  

Brass Quintet No.1

Duration: 24' 00" Year: 1980
for 2 trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba

  • Programme Note

    Young’s Brass Quintet No. 1 was composed in 1980 to a commission from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand Brass Quintet. It was first performed (with Young himself playing tuba) in Wanganui and Wellington as part of the first half of an NZSO programme which included Stravinsky’s Petrouchka. The following year the work was recorded by the Quintet for the Kiwi Pacific label, along with John Ritchie’s Partita and Douglas Lilburn’s Quartet for Brass.

    In writing this Quintet, Young wanted to composed a more substantial work than was common in the brass quintet repertoire of the time; consequently, it has an almost symphonic breadth.

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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