September 24, 2017

The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book comprises nearly 300 works composed for keyboard by notable English court composers from the time of Queen Elizabeth. William Byrd, Giles Farnaby, John Bull, Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Tomkins, to name a few, all contributed to the collection...

September 15, 2017

Too soon?

I'm having too much fun with these titles.

I promised to talk about the decision to transpose this movement of Robert Schumann's Romance Opus 94 No 1 from A minor to G minor. There's nothing inherently scary about writing in A minor for brass ensemble, and it s...

September 14, 2017

One of the things I appreciated about teaching was that I learned things about my own playing by observing and articulating ideas to students. Teaching made my own playing better.

I'm discovering the same benefit here, By describing the decision making behind choices I'...

September 13, 2017

...orchestrated for brass.

I've loved Robert Schumann's Opus 94 Romances since the 80's. I heard them first on a cello recital, and then Floyd Cooley released a solo album with his tuba versions.

Permanently hooked.

Several years ago, the Boulder Brass put together a prog...

September 12, 2017

Sadly, only a few of the sketches by Victor Hartmann that inspired Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition have survived. We must rely on the various editions and the voluminous scholarship regarding the titles and inscriptions that marked the movements of the suite. Ap...

September 8, 2017

I'm always surprised that some still believe that Maurice Ravel's orchestration of Pictures at an Exhibition is the 'original' version.

September 2, 2017

I usually carry around a small notebook that has only one purpose - it is used to write down new project ideas when I hear them (or think of them, or when somebody suggests something to me - ask any one of the Boulder Brass what AIYA means).

I've been meaning to work on...

September 2, 2017

I've been a big fan of Rachmaninoff's music for many years, but arranging his music for brass presents, in some cases, insurmountable problems.

He was a virtuoso pianist with huge hands and his piano writing reflects that. He was a master of pianistic effect (lots of...

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