Drei Stücke

Not too long ago I was swimming in a sea of modern music. After a while I found myself listening and enjoying a piece by Stefan Hakenberg written for brass quintet. Drei Stücke offers great opportunities for brass players who want to stretch out with some funky rhythmic expressions in the first movement, explore a…

George Walker Music For Brass Quintet

A few weeks ago I was thinking about composers of color and their contributions to brass quintet literature. I came across George Walker’s piece Sacred and Profane and instantly fell in love with it. Now I can start searching for more brass quintets written by people of color.

Evanescence by Robert Starer

I’m often surprised at some of the pieces of music I only get to hear in recordings. It’s seems more like a  secret that I get to keep all to myself. However, in this case I feel compelled to share my interest in a Robert Starer brass quintet.   My infatuation with Evanescence by Robert…

Street Song by Michael Tilson Thomas

Sometimes I get mad at composers for not writing for brass quintets. Composers like Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. Yes I know Bernstein wrote Dance Suite in 1989, and a handful of fanfare,  but those pieces are six and a half minutes long combined. Luckily in 1988 we were gifted Street Song by Michael Tilson Thomas….