Re: Quintet Writing

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Posted by Wade on April 10, 2002 at 11:57:48:

In Reply to: Quintet Writing posted by Ted on April 08, 2002 at 18:06:14:

To study a really nice example of idiomatic brass writing in a quintet setting, you should get a copy of the score to the Malcom Arnold Brass Quintet. Find a recording. Go nuts! This will be a great example of good, solid writing as well as an example of a nice division of labor between the two trumpets. (Last part is very important...)

Another example that has helped me with my arranging (sorry - I don't EVEN try to compose) is the Canadian Brass arrangement of von Suppe's "Poet and Pesant Overture." It is challenging to play, but is still really well thought out regarding brass quintet strength and weakness issues. Same advice - buy it (and a recording) and study hard.

Good Luck.


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