Early 20th Century

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Claude Debussy


Arabesques

Deux arabesques were composed for piano when Debussy was still in his twenties, between the years 1888 and 1891. Although quite an early work, the arabesques contain hints of Debussy’s developing musical style. The suite is one of the very early impressionistic pieces of music, following the French visual art form. Debussy seems to wander through modes and keys, and achieves evocative scenes through music.

Second Arabesque
BB BE 100801 – $38.00
3′ 30″ – difficult

arranged by Michael Allen for Piccolo Trumpet 1 in B flat, 2 Trumpets in B flat, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)


Berceuse Heroique
BB BE 100402 – $38.00
5′ 00″ – medium

Moved by the sacrifices of his countrymen after the beginning of World War I in 1914, Debussy composed his Berceuse Heroique for solo piano with quotes of the Belgian National Anthem. It was dedicated to “His Majesty King Albert I of Belgium and his soldiers.” This was his only composition in the 12 months following the start of the war.

Arranged by Michael Allen for 2 B flat Trumpets, 2 Flugelhorns, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (timpani is not optional)


Suite Bergamasque

Clair de Lune
BB BE 050302 – $42.00
5′ 30″ – advanced

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)

Prelude
BB BE 091201 – $38.00
4′ 20″ – advanced

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)


Children’s Corner

Golliwog’s Cakewalk
BB BE 930104 – $38.00
3′ 00″ – advanced

Debussy was greatly influenced by American ragtime – this cakewalk is interrupted several times with quotes from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde

arranged by Michael Allen for  B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)

Jimbo’s Lullaby
BB BE 930102 – $38.00
3′ 30″ – medium

A musical portrait of his daughter’s stuffed elephant

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)

Little Shepherd
BB BE 930105 – $32.00
2′ 30″ – advanced

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)

Serenade of the Doll
BB BE 930101 – $38.00
2′ 35″ – advanced

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)

Suite from the Children’s Corner
BB BE 920302 – $90.00
12′ 00″ – advanced

This suite contains the four selections below (Serenade of the Doll, The Little Shepherd, Jimbo’s Lullaby and Golliwog’s Cakewalk)

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percusion (optional)


Preludes – Books 1 & 2 (1910 – 1913)

Hills of Anacapri – Prelude 5 from Book 1
BB BE 040302 – $38.00
3′ 20″ – professional

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)


Footprints in the Snow – Prelude 6 from Book 1
BB BE 040301 – $38.00
3′ 00″ – medium

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)


Girl with the Flaxen Hair – Prelude 8 from Book 1
BB BE 920304 – $38.00
2′ 45″ – advanced

Perhaps Debussy’s most famous prelude – inspired by an ancient Scottish poem

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)


Minstrels – Prelude 12 from Book 1
BB BE 920306 – $38.00
2′ 40″ – advanced

Another tongue and cheek nod at the vaudeville stage.

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)


La Puerta del vino – Prelude 3 from Book 2
BB BE 040303 – $38.00
3′ 10″ – advanced

La puerta del vino is written about the one of the gates of the city of Granada. The music was inspired by a postcard Debussy received from Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. Debussy uses the habanera rhythm and the score calls for the music to be played “with brusque opposition of extreme violence and passionate sweetness.”

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)


General Lavine, Eccentric – Prelude 6 from Book 2
BB BE 920303 – $38.00
2′ 45″ – medium

Debussy’s comic look at the famous vaudeville clown – a tuba feature (go figure)

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba


Homage to S. Pickwick, Esq. – Prelude 9 from Book 2
BB BE 920305 – $32.00
2′ 20″ – advanced

A tongue and cheek homage to the Dicken’s character

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)


Pour invoquer Pan – To Invoke Pan, God of the Summer Wind from Six Antique Epigraphs (1914)
BB BE 040207 – $38.00

2′ 20″ – advanced

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)


Sarabande from Pour le Piano
BB BE 081006 – $38.00
4′ 10″ – medium

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)


Sir Edward Elgar


Nimrod from the Enigma Variations
BB BE 16201 – $32.00
4′ 30″ – difficult

Variation IX (Adagio) ‘Nimrod’ was written for Augustus J. Jaeger, a music editor at London publisher Novello and close friend of Elgar. Jaeger gave Elgar advice and encouragement to continue composing when Elgar had doubts. Nimrod was an Old Testament patriarch described as ‘a mighty hunter before the Lord’, while Jäger is German for hunter.

The Nimrod variation is played at funerals, memorial services, and other solemn occasions.

arranged by Michael Allen for Piccolo Trumpet in B flat, Trumpet in E flat, Trumpet in B flat, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Timpani


George Gershwin


An American in Paris
BB BE 120502 – $80.00
9′ 00″ – professional

On a recommendation from Maurice Ravel, Gershwin arrived in Paris in March 1928 to meet with Nadia Boulanger. After playing only ten minutes of his music, Boulanger replied that she had nothing to teach him. This did not set Gershwin back, as his real intent abroad was to complete a new work based on Paris.

Composed in 1928 on a commission from the New York Philharmonic, An American in Paris was inspired by the time Gershwin had spent in Paris, evoking the sights and energy of the capital in the 1920s. Gershwin brought back some Parisian taxi horns for the New York premiere of the composition, which took place on December 13, 1928 in Carnegie Hall, with Walter Damrosch conducting. Gershwin noted in the original program notes “My purpose here is to portray the impression of an American visitor in Paris as he strolls about the city and listens to various street noises and absorbs the French atmosphere.”

This arrangement by Michael Allen for 423.11 brass ensemble is a paraphrase and omits some of Gershwin development.

4 Trumpets in B flat (one doubles on Piccolo and one doubles on Flugelhorn), 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion


Rialto Ripples – a Rag
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3′ 00″ – intermediate

You may remember hearing this chart used as the theme song for the Ernie Kovaks show during the 1950’s.  In fact, Jack Newlon ‘borrowed’ the first strain from Gershwin’s only rag for his own composition the Oriental Blues which was the music used by Mr. Kovaks for his radio and television programs from 1951 – 1963.

In 1917 at the age of 19, Gershwin wrote Rialto Ripples with his colleague Will Donaldson (serving as arranger) while both were employed at the Jerome Remick Publishing House.  Allegedly, the piece was written by Gershwin while riding the 5th Avenue bus.  Rialto is a pseudonym for Broadway, and the Ripples refers to rain on his hotel window reflecting the lights of Broadway.  Rialto Ripples was one of the first of many ‘ripples’ pieces that would appear in the 1920s and 1930s.

arranged by Michael Allen for Piccolo in B flat, 2 Trumpets in B flat, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, optional Percussion


Three Preludes
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7′ 00″ – professional

These short piano pieces were first performed by Gershwin at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York in 1926. and are excellent examples of Gershwin’s ability to meld classical music and jazz.

Following in the footsteps of Bach and Debussy, Gershwin originally planned to compose twenty four preludes, but only completed seven. Gershwin is rumored to have performed only five of them in public, and ultimately only these three were published in 1926.

arranged by Michael Allen for 4 Trumpets in B flat (one doubles on Piccolo and one doubles on Flugelhorn), 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion


Percy Grainger


Colonial Song
BB BE 900402 – $42.00
5′ 20″ – advanced

Grainger writes “No traditional tunes of any kind are made use of in this piece, in which I have wished to express feelings aroused by thoughts of the scenery and people of my native land (Australia), and also to voice a certain kind of emotion that seems to me not untypical of native-born Colonials in general.”

Originally scored in 1911 for soprano, tenor, harp and full orchestra in 1911 – arranged by Michael Allen from Grainger’s piano score for (423.11) – B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba


Handel in the Strand
BB BE 170501 – $38.00
4′ 00″ – difficult

The composer writes “My title was originally “Clog Dance”. But my dear friend William Gair Rathbone (to whom the piece is dedicated) suggested the title “Handel in the Strand,” because the music seemed to reflect both Handel and English musical comedy [the “Strand” — a street in London — is the home of London musical comedy] — as if jovial old Handel were careering down the Strand to the strains of modern English popular music.”

Trumpet in E flat, Trumpet in B flat, 2 Flugelhorns, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion


Irish Tune from County Derry
BB BE 890202 – $38.00
3′ 30″ – medium

George Petrie writes (1855) “For the following beautiful air I have to express my very grateful acknowledgement to Miss J. Ross of New Town, Limavady, in the county of Londonderry – a lady who has made a large collection of the popular unpublished melodies of the county, which she has very kindly placed at my disposal, and which has added very considerably to the stock of tunes which I had previously acquired from that still very Irish county.  I say still very Irish, for though it has been planted for more than two centuries by English and Scottish settlers, the old Irish race still forms the great majority of the peasant inhabitants; and there are few, if any counties in which, with less foreign admixture, the ancient melodies of the country have been so extensively preserved.  The name of the tune unfortunately was not ascertained by Miss Ross, who sent it to me with the simple remark that it was ‘very old,’ in the correctness of which statement I have no hesitation in expressing my perfect concurrence.”

The lyrics for the popular tune Danny Boy were not written until 1910 (for a very different melody) – they were not adapted for this particular folk tune tune until 1913 – 2 years after Grainger’s first setting of it.

Originally scored by Grainger for piano in 1911 and arranged by Michael Allen from the composer’s piano score for (423.11) – 2 B flat Trumpets, 2 Flugelhorns, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba


Lincolnshire Posy

Considered Grainger’s masterpiece, the 16-minute-long work is composed of six movements, each adapted from folk songs that Grainger had collected on a 1905–1906 trip to Lincolnshire, England. The work debuted with three of the movements on March 7, 1937 by the Milwaukee Symphonic Band, a group composed of members from several bands including the Blatz Brewery and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer factory worker bands in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Unlike other composers that attempted to alter and modernize folk music for band, such as Ralph Vaughan Williams, Grainger wished to maintain the exact sense of stylizing that he experienced from the singers. Grainger wrote: “Each number is intended to be a kind of musical portrait of the singer who sang its underlying melody… a musical portrait of the singer’s personality no less than of his habits of song, his regular or irregular wonts of rhythm, his preference for gaunt or ornately arabesque delivery, his contrasts of legato and staccato, his tendency towards breadth or delicacy of tone.”

Grainger dedicated his “bunch of Wildflowers” to “the old folksingers who sang so sweetly to me.”

Brisk Young Sailor
BB BE 170104 – $28.00
1′ 30″ – difficult

The Brisk Young Sailor (Who Returned to wed his True Love) is a simple, short, jaunty tune meant to evoke the image of a strapping young lad striding up the road to meet his sweetheart. This movement is considered one of the most difficult movements of the piece because of its speed and need for accuracy. The trumpet runs and interplay at tempo are quite difficult.

Trumpet in E flat, Trumpet in B flat (doubles piccolo), Trumpet in B flat (doubles Flugelhorn), Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion

Horkstow Grange
BB BE 170102 – $38.00
2′ 30″ – difficult

Horkstow Grange (subtitled “A Miser and his Man – a Local Tragedy”) is the second movement and presents a slow, legato, repeating, re-harmonizing motif, shifting mostly between 4/4 and 5/4 time. This is the most well-known movement of the piece, and is considered by many in the concert band world to be one of the best-written, best-orchestrated, and most beautiful pieces in the repertoire.

Trumpet in E flat, Trumpet in B flat, Off stage B flat Cornet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion

Lisbon
BB BE 170101 – $28.00
1′ 30″ – difficult

Lisbon (aka Dublin Bay) is the the first movement of a Lincolnshire Posy and is the shortest—a brisk, simple, lilted melody in 6/8 time. This movement ends in a serene, suspended pianissimo that contrasts the general tone of the movement as a whole.

Trumpet in E flat, 2 Trumpets in B flat, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Timpani

Lord Melbourne
BB BE 170105 – $38.00
2′ 30″ – difficult

Lord Melbourne is a fierce and heavy war song that opens in free time. This movement slides rapidly into different time signatures including unconventional ones such as 5/8 and 3/8, as well as having sections of free time.

Trumpet in E flat, 2 Trumpets in B flat, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion

Lost Lady Found
BB BE 170106 – $38.00
2′ 30″ – difficult

The Lost Lady Found is a quick, jumpy, straight 3/4 melody with usual accompaniment patterns. Every section is featured with the melody in this fast-paced finale.

Trumpet in E flat, Piccolo in B flat, Trumpet in B flat, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (2)


Molly on the Shore – Irish Reel
BB BE 981201 – $38.00
4′ 30″ – advanced

From the 1918 piano setting: “based on two Cork Reel tunes, ‘Temple Hill’ and ‘Molly on the Shore’ respectively Nos. 901 and 902 of the Complete Petrie Collection of Ancient Irish Music (1855).”

Grainger’s first setting was written in 1907 for string four-some and subsequently arranged by the composer for orchestra, violin and piano, solo piano, and later for wind band.

arranged by Michael Allen from the composer’s string quartet version for (423.11) E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet (doubling piccolo), B flat Trumpet (doubling Flugelhorn), Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba


Shepherd’s Hey
BB BE 890201 – $38.00
2′ 10″ – medium

English Morris Dance Tune

“Morris Dances are still danced by teams of ‘Morris Men’ decked out with bells and quaint ornaments to the music of the fiddle or ‘the pipe and tabor’ (a sort of drum and fife) in several agricultural districts in England.  The tune of ‘Shepherd’s Hey’ (which is akin to the North England air ‘Keel Row’) is very widely found through England.  The word Hey denotes a particular figure in Morris dancing.”

arranged by Michael Allen from the composer’s 1913 piano score for (423.11 p) – B flat Piccolo, 2 B flat Trumpets, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium Tuba – 2 Percussion parts are optional


Spoon River
BB BE 080302 – $38.00
4′ 20″ – medium

American Folk Dance – ‘heard played by a fiddler at a country dance at Bradford Illinois, in 1857, by Captain Charles H. Robinson.’

arranged by Michael Allen from the composer’s 1919 piano score for (423.11) – B flat Piccolo, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba


Sussex Mummers Christmas Carol
BB BE 880511 – $28.00
2′ 00″ – medium

Pretty little folk tune set by Percy Grainger and arranged by Michael Allen

Recorded by the Burning River Brass – Christmas Around the World

Piccolo in B flat, 2 Trumpets in B flat, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba


Willow Willow
BB BE 141010 – $38.00
3′ 00″ – difficult

Percy Grainger set this work in 1898 from William Chappell’s Old English Popular Music. This pensive and emotional work arranged by Mike Allen features the trombone throughout.

Piccolo in B flat, Trumpet in E flat, Trumpet in B flat, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones (1 is solo), Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba


Gustav Mahler


Das Knaben Wunderhorn

Originally for voice and piano, these songs are settings of poems from Des Knaben Wunderhorn (‘The Youth’s Magic Horn’), a collection of anonymous German folk poems assembled by Achim von Arnim and Clemens Brentano and published between 1805 and 1808.

In Praise of Lofty Intelligence
BB BE 110107 – $38.00
2′ 30″- advanced

In this Wunderhorn song, Mahler humorously portrays a singing competition between the cuckoo and the nightingale. Of course there has to be a judge and the cuckoo chooses the donkey because he has big ears, so he must hear well, something that is an asset when judging music. The birds sing and the donkey finds the song of the nightingale far too complicated, making his head spin if not giving him a headache. The song of the cuckoo includes thirds and fourths and fifths that the donkey finds simple and good.

arranged by Michael Allen for Trumpet in E flat, Piccolo Trumpet in A, Trumpet in B flat, Flugelhorn (solo), 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba

St. Anthony of Padua’s Fish Sermon
BB BE 111020 – $45.00
14′ 20″ – advanced

A comic song in which St. Anthony finds his church empty, so goes to the river and delivers his sermon to the fish.  The fish like it very much but, perhaps ironically, forget every word.  Mahler used this song as the basis for the 3rd Movement Scherzo of Symphony No. 2 which he was composing around the same time.

arranged by Michael Allen for Trumpet in E flat, 2 Trumpets in B flat (one doubles on piccolo), Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium (solo), Tuba 

Urlicht (Primordial Light)
BE 110106 – $42.00
5′ 30″ – advanced

This Wunderhorn song appears again as the 4th Movement of Symphony 2 – the text speaks for itself:

O red rose!
Man lies in direst need!
Man lies in deepest pain!
If only I were in heaven!

I walked along a broad path;
an angel sought to turn me back
Ah no!  I will not be turned away
I come from God, and to God I will return!
Dear God will give me light,
will light me to eternal, blessed life!

arranged by Michael Allen for Trumpet in E flat, 2 Trumpets in C (one doubles Piccolo in A), Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, (optional glockenspiel)

Where the Beautiful Trumpet Sounds
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7′ 00″ – advanced

Mahler altered the original text of this Wunderhorn poem to make this song into a masterful evocation of the eerie midnight encounter of a young girl and the ghost of her dead sweetheart, killed in battle.

arranged by Michael Allen for  Trumpet in E flat, 2 Trumpets in B flat, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba


Langsam Chorale from Symphony No. 3
BB BE 161205 – $38.00
2′ 30″ – difficult

Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 was written between 1893 and 1896. It is his longest piece and is the longest symphony in the standard repertoire, with a typical performance lasting between 90 and 105 minutes. The excerpt here is quite short in comparison and is taken from the last section marked Langsam—Ruhevoll—Empfunden (Slow. Calm. Deeply felt.)

Arranged by Michael Allen for Trumpet in E flat, Trumpet in B flat, 2 Flugelhorns, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba


Songs of a Wayfarer

This cycle of four songs is the composer’s first mature work and the start of a genre known as the orchestral song cycle. The cycle tells the story (Mahler also wrote the lyrics) of a young man betrayed by his lover. The hero wanders the countryside, going through a series of emotional states. This work is semi-autobiographical, as Mahler had been rejected by soprano Johanna Richter.

Die Zwei Blauen Augen (The two blue eyes)
BB BE 160304 – $38.00
3′ 30″ – difficult

Ging Heut’ Morgens ubers Feld (I went this morning over the field)
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4′ 00″ – difficult
BB BE 160303 – $38.00
3′ 00″ – difficult
3′ 00″ – difficult


Serge Prokofiev


Romeo and Juliet Suite

BB BE 170901 – $150.00
28′ 00″ – difficult

10 dance episodes from the ballet.

(423.11, 2p) E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet (doubling B flat Piccolo), B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, 2 Percussion


Serge Rachmaninov


Blessed Art Thou, O Lord
BB BE 100401 – $38.00
6′ 30″ – intermediate

Originally for SATB chorus, this is a beautiful work from the Vespers (Opus 37, No 9).

(423.11) 3 B flat Trumpets, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba


Etude Tableaux Opus 39 No 6 – Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf
BB BE 120202 – $38.00
2′ 30″ – virtuoso

These etudes were intended to be “musical evocations of external visual stimulae.” Rachmaninoff did not disclose what inspired each piece, stating, “I don’t believe in the artist that discloses too much of his images. Let them paint for themselves what it most suggests.”

Etude No. 6 is known as Little Red Riding Hood. Low brass play the part of the big bad wolf – trumpets and horns play the poor frightened little girl.

(423.11) Piccolo in b flat, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba


Etude Tableaux Opus 39 No 9 – Russian Bells
BB BE 110104 – $38.00
3′ 45″ – virtuoso

Rachmaninoff had big – no, huge hands.  Brass, anyone? Brilliant!  And fun.

(423.11) Piccolo in b flat, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba


Vocalise – Romance Opus 34, No 14
BB BE 120203 – $38.00
5′ 50″ – difficult

Rachmaninoff’s famous vocalise for brass – Not arranged as a feature for any particular instrument but rather the lovely melody is shared by several. Works beautifully for brass ensemble

(423.11) E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet (doubles piccolo), 2 Flugelhorns, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba


 Maurice Ravel


Alborada del Gracioso
BE 950401 – $ 75.00
10′ 00″ – virtuoso

Alborada del Gracioso from the Miroirs Suite for piano. Miroirs was written between 1904 and 1905 and contains five movements, each dedicated to a fellow member of the French avant-garde artist group, Les Apaches. Alborada del gracioso (“Morning Song of the Jester”) was dedicated to Michel-Dimitri Calvocoressi, a multilingual music writer and critic who promoted musicians such as Franz Liszt and Modest Mussorgsky.

Alborada del Gracioso is a technically challenging piece that incorporates Spanish musical rhythms into its complicated melodies. This arrangement was written for the Summit Brass and first performed at the 2004 International Trumpet Guild Festival in Boulder, Colorado – virtuoso work arranged from Ravel’s original piano score.

arranged by Michael Allen for (443.12 p) – Piccolo in A, 2 Trumpets in C, Flugelhorn, 4 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, 2 Tubas, and 3 percussion

Recorded by the Summit Brass on Summit DCD 500 – A Summit Brass Night


Fairy Garden
BE 120301 – $30.00
3′ 00″ – advanced

La Jardin Feerique from Mother Goose

arranged by Michael Allen for (423.11) – B flat Piccolo, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, (with optional Timpani, Percussion and Harp)


Menuet Antique
BE 100301 – $38.00
7′ 00″ – advanced

One of Ravel’s earliest piano works, which he later arranged for orchestra. The piece is dedicated to Emmanuel Chabrier, who had welcomed Ravel’s early works and helped to establish his musical reputation.

arranged by Michael Allen for (423.11) – B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba


Richard Strauss


Allerseelen (All Soul’s Day)
BB BE 110105 – $32.00
3′ 00″ – advanced

Opus 10, No. 8 written in 1885

arranged by Michael Allen for (423.11) Trumpet in E flat, Trumpet in B flat, 2 Flugelhorns, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba