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Brass Quartets

Two Trumpets and Two Trombones (Euphonium)
Joyful Variations - Beethoven/Hall
Difficulty: MD  OMEA Class: B  Publ. Code: 20502314  
”Joyful Variations” is based on the familiar theme from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony which he composed when he was deaf. This arrangement begins with the tune presented as a hymn, and from there on Beethoven would not even recognize it even if he could hear! There are four variations in which the melodic line is the only constant and it is often quite distorted rhythmically. Variations 1 and 3 are in fast triple meter in the style of a jig and a tarantella. Variation 2 is in the tempo of a valse but treated as a canon. Variation 4 is marked marcato militant which ends the piece in the joyful style that Beethoven intended. The piece is quite challenging rhythmically and musically, but range is not a problem for any of the parts. This is an outstanding ensemble for use in concert, contest or church programs.

Chorale Variations on Dix - Kocher/Hall
Difficulty: M  OMEA Class: B  Publ. Code: 20503215  
”Dix” is the name given to a familiar hymn tune that has been set to two familiar texts - “For the Beauty of the Earth” and “As With Gladness Men of Old.” The tune, first stated as a chorale, is followed by three contrasting variations. Variation 1 is in 6/8 meter and is in a rather sprightly tempo and style somewhat like a jig. Variation 2, in cut time, is maestoso in style with high instruments playing a duet, alternating with low instrument duets, and Variation 3 is like a processional march but in 5/4 meter building up to a dramatic ending. Range of the instruments will not pose a problem, but a good understanding of rhythm is quite necessary to play the variations accurately. This is an excellent quartet for concert, contest and church, and can be performed also with horn replacing the first trombone part.

Calliope for Brass - Hall
Difficulty: E  OMEA Class: C  Publ. Code: 20503209  
This short quartet was written to capture the sound and the style of music played on carousels, and at carnivals. Range and technical facility are quite limited. It is geared to success by a young group. The key is Eb major. The lowest part might sound better played by euphonium than trombone. Style, articulation and dynamics are well marked. It can also be played with French horn on the 2nd or the 3rd part making the possibilities of instrumentation quite versatile.

Early American Songs - Hall, arr.
Difficulty: E  OMEA Class: B  Publ. Code: 20503212  
The three songs included in this quartet came from England, Ireland, and Appalachia. We can call them early American songs because they were brought here by early immigrants and incorporated into our heritage of music. Duke Street is a hymn tune which is to be played in the style of a processional march. “Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier”, sometimes called “Buttermilk Hill”, is a lament to be played in a melancholy lyrical style. and the quartet ends with a happy-go-lucky barn dance tune, “Little Liza Jane. This quartet affords a lesson in history as well as in music. It can also be very effectively played using French horn on the 3rd parts (see the listing below).

Fanfare and March - Hall
Difficulty: E  OMEA Class: C  Publ. Code: 20503213  
Written for 2 Trumpets and 2 trombones, but opt Horn part for 1st Trombone: see description below.

Grandfather’s Clock - Work/Hall
Difficulty: E  OMEA Class: C  Publ. Code: 20503210  
Written for Two Trumpets, Trombone and Tuba, but optional 2nd Trombone or Euphonium Part for the Tuba part. See description below.

Two Trumpets, French Horn and Trombone (Euphonium)
Fanfare and March - Hall
Difficulty: E  OMEA Class: C  Publ. Code: 20502313  
This quartet was written for younger brass players to have a small ensemble experience playing the style of music that brass players play best - fanfares and marches! There are no surprises. All four parts are of equal importance and a marcato style is absolutely essential. The key is Eb concert and ranges and technique are quite limited in all parts allowing time to concentrate on playing well musically. This is an excellent quartet for a first experience in small ensemble playing, Even though written from 2 trumpets, horn and trombone, the horn part can be played equally will by trombone requiring a range only up to Eb above the staff.

Early American Songs - Hall, arr.
Difficulty: E  OMEA Class: B  Publ. Code: 20503212  
Written for Two Trumpets and Two Trombones, but optional 2nd part for Horn See description above.

Calliope for Brass - Hall
Difficulty: E  OMEA Class: C  Publ. Code: 20503209  
Written for Two Trumpets and Two Trombones, but optional 2nd part for Horn See description above.

Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone and Tuba (other options)
Chant and Jubilo - Hall
Difficulty: ME  OMEA Class: C  Publ. Code: 20503211  
This was a commissioned work for the Shelby, Ohio bands for an unusual quartet instrumentation of trumpet, 2 trombones and tuba. However, it works very well with French horn on the 1st trombone parts, and serves as an opportunity to include a tuba player in a quartet. The “Chant” is a somber lament for four equal voices in the key of c minor with a surprise ending in Eb major which serves as a modulation to the “Jubilo” in that key. As you might guess, the “Jubilo” is joyful and light hearted for contrast. Total duration is just under 3 minutes. Ranges are very acceptable for this level. Articulations and dynamics are well marked on score and parts to aid in rehearsal. This quartet offers a great musical experience for young players.

Two Trumpets, Trombone and Tuba (Options)
Grandfather’s Clock - Work/Hall
Difficulty: E  OMEA Class: C  Publ. Code: 20503210  
This ensemble is unusual in that brass quartets do not usually include a tuba. While it was written especially for 2 trumpets, trombone and tuba there are several other options for instrumentation - the 2nd trumpet part can be played by horn, and the tuba part by a 2nd trombone or baritone player. Parts are supplied for these options. After a 4 measure introduction of clock ticks, the theme is simply stated, and then it is followed by a Viennese waltz variation with the tuba playing the melody, and of course, the clock finally slows down and stops. An excellent choice for concert or contest.

“OMEA Class” refers to the assigned difficulty rating on the Ohio Music Educators Association Required List.

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