Con mortuis in lingua mortua

Finding solid musical solutions isn’t always about being clever. It’s usually about consistently making good common sense choices – sometimes there are more than one. Pictures at an ... Read More

Mussorgsky’s Pictures

I’m always surprised that some still believe that Maurice Ravel’s orchestration of Pictures at an Exhibition is the ‘original’ version. Mussorgsky’s original composition ... Read More

Orchestration tips

St Anthony’s Fish Sermon by Gustav Mahler – live (premier) performance by the Boulder Brass from 2013 Brass ensemble arrangement available by clicking here There are several really good bo... Read More

Musical thievery and 12 steps

Hills of Anacapri by Claude Debussy – performed by the Boulder Brass on Landscapes and Portraits Brass ensemble arrangement available by clicking here After Bach, the composer I’ve spent t... Read More

Tuba, or not tuba

Tango Nuevo Suite by Astor Piazzolla – live performance from 2014 by the Boulder Brass. This page of the score begins at 3′ 19″ Brass ensemble arrangement available by clicking here... Read More

Willow, Willow

Third verse of Willow, Willow by Percy Grainger – brass ensemble arrangement available by clicking here Many years ago, I was walking past Bill Stanley’s trombone studio at CU Boulder and ... Read More

My best chord

There’s nothing quite like a well voiced, well spaced, well balanced chord written for brass when played in tune. Great brass players produce a resonant sound that is full of fundamental and ove... Read More

Euphonic Sounds

Scott Joplin – Euphonic Sounds Brass ensemble arrangement available by clicking here The temptation when making a brass arrangement of late 19th & early 20th century marches is to take the r... Read More

Damned by faint praise

General Lavine – Eccentric (Claude Debussy) – brass ensemble sheet music available by clicking here Performance by the Boulder Brass from Landscapes and Portraits In about 1843, Hector Ber... Read More