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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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