Brahms – Hungarian Dance No. 5

Composer: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) WoO 1
Duration: 2:30 minutes
Price: £10
Grade: 6-8
Instrumentation: Brass Quintet
Trumpet 1 and 2 in Bb
French Horn

Brahms wrote his 21 Hungarian Dances for 2 pianists, to entertain his friends at parties. The 5th Dance has become one of the most well-known classical melodies amongst audiences, performed in hundreds of different orchestrated versions. I think it works spectacularly well on brass with both the heavy apassionato phrases and the light and sparkly staccatos. A must have item for the repertoire of any Brass Quintet.

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