Brass Quintet Opus 12

Salisbury, David (2012) Brass Quintet Opus 12. [Composition]

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Abstract

Brass quintet in 3 movements:

Movement 1: The initial musical idea for this movement is a brass fanfare or the flourishing sound of brass instruments usually for ceremonial purposes or to announce the arrival of an important person. The movement is set to a moderate tempo and incorporates a short fugue section with a slower tempo change.

Movement 2: This movement starts with a progressive entrance of the instruments starting with the tuba and then trombone with the other player following. This is the contrasting slower movement and so it produces a more contemplative mood. This movement has distinct section in particular one that features each instrument in a solo capacity.

Movement 3: This movement is in the odd time signature of 7/4 and utilises syncopated rhythms as a main focus of the melodic ideas. The movement begins with an implied fanfare figure that finishes in a syncopated melodic phrase that is punctuated by the accompanying instruments. The movement ends with an energetic finish.

Research Statement

Research Background During the 16th and 17th centuries European composers wrote five-part consort music played by two cornetts and three sackbuts. Five-part brass writing is also found in European and American brass band music of the 19th century. Around 1947 the flautist Samuel Baron, founder of the New York Woodwind Quintet, helped to organize the New York Brass Ensemble, which performed primarily as a brass quintet and was the template for the modern ensemble. In 1954 two of its members, the trumpeter Robert Nagel and the tuba player Harvey Phillips, set up the New York Brass Quintet as a professional entity (Jones, W.L. 1998).
Research Contribution These pieces represent an in-depth exploration of this instrumental combination and form. The brass section of the orchestra provides a unique sonic contrast to the predominant string and woodwind sections. The sonic quality of this instrumental combination has a deep connection to the sound of military engagement and regimental life.
Research Significance These compositions utilize a modern harmonic approach with an emphasis on quartal and quintal harmonic structures. There is a deliberate effort to de-emphasise diatonic harmonic conventions. In addition these pieces explore the colour combination of instruments in various pairing combinations such as Trumpet and French horn.
Item ID: 21901
Item Type: Composition (Chamber Music)
Keywords: Chamber Music, Brass, Quintet
Media of Output: Digital recording
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2012 01:30
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