Brass Quintets


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Brass Quintet – 2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone and Tuba and composed for Mainstreet Brass. This is a short piece consisting of 70 bars of music. There are some striking rhythms and harmonies, and it takes about a minute and a half to play, making it ideal for occasions when an extended fanfare is required. Listen to a short sample, played by Mainstream Brass.

Score and parts available from Broadbent and Dunn

Passages of Time

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This brass quintet is in four contrasting movements, each one dedicated to a different aspect of time.

"Although brass quintets rely heavily on playing arrangements, it is also important to play original works. This work will provide a welcome addition to that original repertoire."
Stephen Wick September 1994

Listen to a sample from the third movement "Time Present": "No Time! No Time! No Time!"

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A Christmas Carol – A Dickens of a Tale

Christmas Spirit

Written for Brass Quintet and Narrator. The three movement work lasts 16 minutes and offers a compelling tour of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” with Scrooge’s unforgettable night of soul-searching and salvation. The English carol ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ is the basis of the entire piece, and fragments of the piece are artfully woven into the music.
Listen to a short sample played by Mainstreet Brass from their ‘Christmas Spirit’ CD, with Alan Danson narrating.

Score and parts available from Alan Danson

Brass Quintet Arrangements

Medley of Rhymes

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Alan’s arrangement consists of six nursery rhymes cleverly woven together with flair and imagination.

This arrangement of familiar nursery rhymes was intended as a means of introducing younger children to the medium of the brass quintet. Each rhyme is dressed in a musical identity, with each player given plenty of note activity. The work opens and closes with the rhyme ‘Oranges and Lemons’ and the medley runs logically lasting for 5 to 6 minutes. It is an ideal encore item or light alternative to follow a quintet that might have challenged both performer and listener. ‘A Medley of Rhymes for Five Brass’ is a popular addition to serious concert programmes.

Listen to a short sample played by Mainstreet Brass

Parts and score available from Broadbent & Dunn

Beethoven Symphony No.5 movement 4

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This arrangement for brass quintet by Alan Danson conveys the triumph and celebration of the finale of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. The writing is idiomatic and melodic interest is shared between all parts, with rare moments of a contemporary approach to the work here and there. An ideal opener to the second half of a concert. For schools, studios and professionals.

Listen to a short sample

Parts and score available from Broadbent & Dunn