Theory: Composition Assignments for 11.2.2018

Theory: Composition Assignments for 11.2.2018

This week we looked into brass instruments. We got a wealth of information from Mr. Bush. Below are some informational links and some YouTube links to performances that I think are outstanding. Waaaaay down at the bottom is my musical happy moment for the week. Remember this Friday will be a lab day, so come prepared with whatever you need to work on your brass compositions for the whole class period. This is a great time to run any ideas you’re stuck on by your colleagues or ask questions. Your compositions will be presented in class the following Friday, November 9th and are to be sent to me via PDF and .mp3 by Thursday, November 8th at 7:00 p.m. (Please indicate if you need me to play yours from my computer.)
Compositions should be at least one minute long. While you can do a piece for solo trumpet, it’s difficult to get an idea of harmonic language and texture with only one note at a time. If it’s for a solo, it has to be amazing. ūüôā Other types of ensembles/genres to consider include: duets, trios, quartets, etc.; concertos for brass instrument and ensemble; sonata with piano accompaniment, duets or ensembles with other instruments (including voice). This is not an exhaustive list by any means. Just some types to consider.
Let the Bright Seraphim by Handel, performed by Wynton Marsalis and Kathleen Battle
Haydn Trumpet Concerto performed by Wynton Marsalis and the Boston Pops
Carnival of Venice by the U.S. Navy Band
Bugler’s Holiday¬†by the Army Band, among others
So What by Miles Davis
A Night in Tunisia by Miles Davis
Cantaloupe Island by Herbie Hancock
French Horn:
Theme¬†from Cocoon (about 2:40 there’s a lovely French horn solo)
Concerto by Mozart KV 447, 1. Allegro
Czardas performed by Monty Wilson
Sweet Louisiana with solo by Wycliffe Gordon
Don’t Stop Believin’¬†for trombone ensemble
Concerto by Rimskij-Korsakov
Swing That Music featuring Wycliffe Gordon
Concerto¬†by Karl Jenkins, mvt 1 “The Juggler” performed by David Childs
Various works for euphonium quartet
Concerto in f minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams performed by JaTtik Clark
Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra by John Williams, performed by Hans Nickel
TedX performance byOystein Baadsvik
Sonata for Tuba and Piano by Bruce Broughton, performed by Mark Nelson and Marie Sierra

Brass Ensemble:
Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor performed by the Canadian Brass
Flight of the Tuba Bumblebee performed by the Canadian Brass
Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland, performed by the New York Philharmonic
Superman Main Theme by John Williams from the BBC Proms
Borsicka Polka  by Fass Brass
Ritual Fire Dance by the Boston Brass
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 140 by the Boston Brass
¬†Alexander’s Ragtime Band¬†by the North Texas Euphonium Quartet (and their dog)
Tiny Desk Concert by the Canadian Brass
My musical happy moment is an¬†encore¬†at the BBC Proms where Pekka Kuusisto not only performs extremely well, but also gets the audience involved. You’ll notice times of changing meter and how he uses open strings that are slightly out of tune to get the sound he’s needing for this folk song. You can also watch the¬†entire performance of the Prokofiev violin concerto that earned him the encore. It’s about 45 minutes long but well worth the time. He’s an excellent performer.

Heather R. Nelson, PhD

Singing Voice Specialist

Voice Teacher