Posted by Devin on April 09, 2002 at 09:10:53:
In Reply to: Quintet Writing posted by Ted on April 08, 2002 at 18:06:14:
Study scores and listen to music! Find yourself some brass quintet music of all kinds, sheet music and CD's and everything, and listen, compare, and contrast. It might be a good idea to start with some pieces that you already know and compare the score to a performance. Shepherd's Hay, Die Bankelsangerlieder, maybe a Canadian Brass book or three. My writing and arranging started showing a lot of improvement as soon as I listened to recordings some more.
Also, if you don't play in a quintet already, go for it. Find a few good men who can sightread well and go nuts. =^)