Composer: Ryan Linham (1991-)
Duration: 7 minutes
Instrumentation: Medium Brass Ensemble (7 parts)
Part 1-3 Trumpet in Bb
Part 4 Trumpet in Bb, Horn in F OR Horn in Eb
Part 5-6 Trombone OR Euphonium
Part 7 Tuba OR Eb Bass
Written for the 2015 Advanced Ensemble on the Brass Academy, 3 Brass Dances is another fun educational piece for strong young players. Noticing a distinct gap in the market for music of this difficulty, this original composition is aimed exactly at those advanced students who don’t quite have the range or stamina of Grade 8 players. The first movement is a fierce and serious Tango excellent for staccato playing. The second is a wild and flamboyant Viennese style Waltz for the ensemble to work on their following and leading with loose tempo. The final Charleston is a excitable party, allowing the group to work on fast swing and keeping good time.
The piece is written as semi-flexible 7 parts so it should be suitable for most medium sized ensembles. If you have a different line-up, get in touch!
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