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Brass Quintet

for brass quintet

Year:  1980   ·  Duration:  24m
Instrumentation:  2 trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba

Year:  1980
Duration:  24m
Instrumentation  2 trumpets, horn, trombone,...

Composer:   Kenneth Young

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Sample Score

Sample: first page of each movement

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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.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Contents note

I. Andante
II. Moderato
III. Adagio sostenuto
IV. Allegro moderato cantabile

Performance history

07 Oct 1991: Victoria Brass: Blenheim

09 Oct 1991: Victoria Brass: Motueka

10 Oct 1991: Victoria Brass: Nelson

05 Jun 2006: Performed by the Brass Quintet of the Central Band of the Royal NZ Air Force, Museum of City and Sea, Wellington, 5 June 2006

29 Oct 2010: University of Auckland Brass Quintet

Performers: Albert McKinnon, Michael Gibbs, Edward White, Barney Hamid, Kenneth Young.

Performed by Victor Silverstone (trumpet), Michael Kirgan (trumpet), Austin Hitchcock (horn), Douglas Cross (trombone), and Tom McCaslin (tuba) at Music Theatre of the University of Auckland, Auckland, in 2006

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