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Christmas with Brass Quintet

Friends - I need to fill out a program, and am surprised, but am not finding what I need. I've checked the repertoire archives and so many of the works are for larger brass ensembles.
 
I thought I'd seen someone say that there's a Vivaldi Gloria arranged for Brass accompaniment, but again, couldn't find it in the archives, or even by Googling it, for that matter. (Did I dream that?)
 
Mixed Chorus
Sacred  Christmas Text
Up to moderate difficulty
Length - 4'-15'
Brass Quintet (2,1,1,1) virtuoso ability
Options - organ, percussion, treble chorus, SATB soli
 
Please, I DO have the Willcocks carol settings and some of the Rutter.  I will use those with congregation.  But I need CHORAL pieces,
We have done the Pinkham Christmas Cantata recently
Pieces I have considered and like, but require a larger ensemble (in case anyone is aware of a reduced setting)
 
* Randol Bass - Gloria
* Z. Randall Stroope - Cantus Natalis, Hodie
* Susa - Christmas Garland
 
Thanks,
 
Dan Wagner
Grace UMC, Napervile, IL
Replies (13): Threaded | Chronological
on November 2, 2010 5:24pm
We did Stephen Chatman's "Carols of the Nativity" a few years ago - seven carols, some original, some arrangements - ECS Publishing - www.drstephenchatman.com/works.html#choral
 
They're well worth looking at!
 
Brigid Coult
Richmond Chorus,
BC
on November 3, 2010 4:49am
I'm downloading recordings from iTunes as I type.  The samples sounded very promising!  Now to find a perusal copy quickly!
 
Thanks
on November 2, 2010 5:51pm
I have composed an extended piece for baritone solo, chorus, and brass quintet
called Now is the Time.  It includes settings of various texts, mostly medieval.
Several of the movements have been published by William Thorpe.  I can send
a score and recording.  You could choose whatever number(s) suit your needs.
 
Cheers,
Brian Holmes
on November 3, 2010 4:48am
Yes, please send a score and recording.  If a digital version is possible, all the better (so I can see it soon).  Thanks.
on November 3, 2010 3:45am
We are doing Brian's pieces this year.  I think you would like them very much.  There are a number of pieces in his collection "Now is the Time" that you could choose from.
 
Betty Devine
The Houston Choral Society
on November 3, 2010 4:57am
Dan,
 
I arranged several carols for choir and brass quintet two years ago and would be happy to send you perusal PDFs of:
 
In dulci jubilo / Good Christian Friends Rejoice - duration 2'00
The Three Kings (Peter Cornelius)  - duration 1'50
Of The Father's Love Begotten (Corde Natus plainchant) - duration 2'20
 
Sheena Phillips
Director of Music
Summit on 16th UMC
Columbus, Ohio
on November 3, 2010 5:40am
Have you looked at Praetorius' In Dulci Jubilo from Musae Sionae? There is a good edition by Robert King.  See:
www.faqs.org/copyright/in-dulci-jubilo-op-51-weihnach...
 
Also - not quite 4'15' - consider Willan's Two Kings? Brass in unison - but brasses need to be solid!
 
Finally....if you have the time....the music choices at this season are so numerous....take advantage of that college orchestration course we said we'd never use...and arrange one of them yourself!  Yes?
 
Good Luck!
t
on November 3, 2010 8:04am
Dan - Check out Canite Tuba by Donald McCullough. You might be able to use one or all of the movements. It's published by Hinshaw. 
 
There's are full length recordings on his website: http://www.donaldmccullough.com/compose-don.html
 
Best of luck to you! 
 
Cameron LaBarr
on November 4, 2010 7:36am
Wow... the McCullough pieces are thrilling!  Calls for 7 brass players and very advanced mallet player ... but I definitely want this on my hot list from an Advent soon.
on November 3, 2010 12:07pm
Friends - thanks for these wonderful ideas... for those offering perusal pdf's please do send them asap.
 
A clarification - I'm open to pieces between four minutes and fifteen minutes in length.  Not precisely four minutes and fifteen seconds :-)
on November 3, 2010 12:29pm
Ian Higginson's 'Behold Now the Babe' was written for us and a brass quintet. www.cantabile.org.je
on November 4, 2010 6:16am
I have a set of five pieces, in the form of a feast, called Winterfest, for chorus and brass, based on old English carols.  Here's a quick description.
 
Winterfest is a five movement work based on Christmas traditions that are rooted in pre-Christian rituals.  The texts date from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.  Loosely in the form of a banquet, the movements are as follows:
I.  Proface
II.  Bring us in good ale
III.  The Boar's head
IV. I saw a sweet and blessed sight
V.  What Cheer?  Good Cheer!
 
I'll send you a hard copy if you let me know your address.
on November 4, 2010 12:17pm
Hi Dan,
 
We have several fantastic offerings at Paraclete Press for SATB and Brass - these are all new in the last year.  Click on the link to view the music or listen to sample audio.  Please feel free to call me with any questions, or to order the piece.  Best Wishes, Sr.Estelle
 
O Holy Night by Brian Luckner (SATB, Brass Quartet, Organ)
 
Dominus Dixit Ad Me by Brian Luckner (SATB, Brass Quartet, Oboe and Handbells)
 
Christ is Born!  Sing Noel!  by Kent A.Newbury
 
Welcome All Wonders by Jay Wilcox (SATB, Organ and Brass Quintet)
 
Sr.Estelle Cole
Paraclete Press Sacred Music
1-800-451-5006, ext. 309
email:  srestelle(a)paracletepress.com
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