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Mixed Brass Trios

Trumpet . French Horn and Trombone (Euphonium)
Rondeau - Mouret/Hall            Score sample
Difficulty: MD  OMEA Class: A  Publ. Code: 00423  
Mouret was a highly respected French composer who lived at the same time as Bach and Handel, but little of his music is heard today except for this Rondeau, and the reason for its popularity is because it is the theme song for the BBC Masterpiece Theater. It is often played for weddings or other ceremonial processions because of it regal sound. This arrangement was made for the Mansfield Symphony Brass Trio to play at children’s concerts for the opening selection because it demonstrates the characteristic sounds of these three most prominent brass instruments. Although short in duration this arrangement will challenge the technical skills and musicianship of all three performers. All of the musical themes from the original brass quintet arrangement have been included in this trio.

William Tell Finale - Rossini/Hall            Score sample
Difficulty: MD  OMEA Class: B  Publ. Code: 00424  
Rossini was one of the most prolific and highly respected composers of opera. Forceful and precise rhythm is one of the trademarks of his music which is most certainly and clearly demonstrated in this familiar and popular finale from “William Tell”. Little did he realize that this finale would reach such heights of popularity in the 20th century thru the medium of radio and film as the theme for “The Lone Ranger”, a long outdated show. When played at the proper tempo this piece will technically challenge the best of performers. It was arranged for the Mansfield Symphony Brass Trio to play for children’s concerts and always receives thunderous applause. The melody is passed around and euphonium is a valid substitute for the trombone part. A treble clef part is included.

This Old Man Variations - Hall, arr.            Score sample
Difficulty: M  OMEA Class: B  Publ. Code: 00422  
The origin of this tune is unknown. It reached great popularity some years ago when it became associated with the TV personality Barney. A number of highly respected composers have written a set of variations on this tune including the well know British composer, Arnold Jacob. This set of variations was created for the Mansfield Symphony Brass Trio to play in children’s concerts, and has been very popular with the audiences. Even though the arrangement is quite short it is quite demanding technically for all three players, especially for class C. The tempos of some of the variations can be increased if the facility of the players is competent enough, but keep in mind there should be a slight increase in tempo for each new variation in order to build up to the finale. There is much to be learned in this trio and a good time is afforded in the process. Trombone is perhaps the best choice for the third part, but euphonium is acceptable.

Variations on “Olivet” - Mason/Hall
Difficulty: B  OMEA Class: A  Publ. Code: 20502312  
”Olivet “ is a hymn tune composed by Lowell Mason in 1831. It is sung to the text “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”. Mason wrote over 700 hymn tunes and this is one of the best ones. We can also thank him for the fact that we have music education in our public schools, as he started an experimental project in the Boston City Schools which set the precedent for the future. This brass trio is challenging both technically and musically and is appropriate for use in contest, concert and church. The theme is simply stated but with a moving trombone part. Next the trumpet has a fancy variation followed by a dramatic militant ending. Concert keys are Eb and F major and the duration is just 2’30” but there is lots of challenge packed into that short time. Euphonium is a good replacement for the trombone part, and a 2nd trumpet part is provided to replace the French horn giving several options of instrumentation.

Civil War Songs - Hall, arr.            Score sample
Difficulty: ME  OMEA Class: B  Publ. Code: 00420  
”Aura Lee” and “Dixie” have both been popular melodies since the mid-19th century. “Aura Lee” has been a favorite at the West Point Academy since before the Civil War, and enjoyed later popularity when recorded by Elvis Presley under the title of “Love Me Tender”. “Dixie” was composed in 1859 by Daniel Emmett of Mt. Vernon, Ohio and became a favorite of the southern troops during the Civil War. Both songs are still well known today. “Aura Lee” is arranged with moving independent voicing and beautiful harmonic changes. In both songs the melody is passed around among the three instruments. This trio was arranged for the Mansfield Symphony Brass Trio to play for children’s concerts. It will offer some challenges both technically and musically in the difficulty of class C but will be well worth the effort. Euphonium works well as an option for the trombone part. A treble clef part is provided.

Aura Lee Variations - Hall, arr.
Difficulty: E  OMEA Class: C  Publ. Code: 20502311  
Arranged for Two horns and trombone (baritone) but equally effective for Trumpet, Horn and Baritone (Trombone). See description below.

Two Trumpets and Trombone (Several Options)
Regimental March and Canon - Hall
Difficulty: E  OMEA Class: C  Publ. Code: 20502310  
The title of this trio is a play on words as the regimental march pictures soldiers marching and perhaps firing a canon. However, the canon is a canon in the musical sense. In this piece the three parts are marching along together to the same beat, but all are playing different melodies and rhythms making this a great exercise in independent counting and playing.The 8th notes must be short and crisp, but not chopped, and the quarter notes well separated. Baritone is a good substitute for the trombone, and the second trumpet part can be well played by a French horn with a high range only up to E. A tuba part is also supplied for the possibility of using the trio as a brass choir with multiple players on a part. The optional parts make this a very useful brass trio.

Variations on “Olivet” - Mason/Hall
Difficulty: B  OMEA Class: A  Publ. Code: 20502312  
Can be performed by Two Trumpets and Trombone (Euphonium) See description above.

Trumpet, Trombone and Baritone (Several Options)
From Winter to Spring - Hall            Score sample
Difficulty: E  OMEA Class: C  Publ. Code: 00421  
These two companion pieces provide the performers with experience in interpreting two contrasting styles. The mood of “Winter” is somber and sleepy to express the feeling of a cold, cloudy winter day. The mood of “Spring” is happy and carefree, as if released from the dullness of winter. Harmonically, “Winter” is based on the twelve measure blues progression and the parallel motion in the top two voices creates an atmosphere of longing. In contrast, “Spring” is in a bouncy and energetic style characteristic of European folk dances. Keys are Bb and Eb concert and range and technique are quite modest, but all three parts are equally demanding. here are several options of instrumentation. The 2nd part can be played equally well by French horn or baritone, and the third part by trombone or baritone.

Two French Horns and Trombone
Aura Lee Variations - Hall, arr.
Difficulty: E  OMEA Class: C  Publ. Code: 20502311  
This trio with this unusual instrumentation was done at the request of Judi Guegold, Band Director in the Crestwood Schools, Mantua, Ohio. It gives opportunity for less advanced players to experience this beautiful song in three different variations. When a trumpet is used to replace the first horn part, the range is quite limited which makes it an excellent possibility for an ensemble experience for a developing trumpet player. ”Aura Lee” has been a popular melody since the mid 19th century having been a favorite at the West Point Academy since the Civil War. In the 1960’s it became very popular due to the Elvis Presley recording under the title “Love Me Tender”. The theme must be played in a lyrical style and the two variations in a staccato marcato style. Parts are all well marked for style, articulation, phrasing and dynamics to insure a musical performance. The concert key is F major. Melody switches parts at times. After a simple statement of theme with beautiful harmonic changes, variation 1 is like a Viennese waltz, and the finale is similar to a horse race, which can be played as fast as technique permits. Lots of fun for less experienced players and lots to learn in the process.

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

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