Smaller Ensemble Music

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  1. boylan

    boylan New Member

    I belong to a Brass Band here in the United States. We find the band often has opportunities to play but we run into scheduling conflicts with a few key band members (usually different members). We would like to put together a smaller ensemble to take advantage of these opportunities, 10 to 12 players. Is there a resource for something like this?I belong to a Brass Band here in the United States. We find the band often has opportunities to play but we run into scheduling conflicts with a few key band members. We would like to put together a smaller ensemble to take advantage of these opportunities, 10 to 12 players. Is there a resource for something like this?

    Thanks in advance...Joe
     
  2. Andrew Norman

    Andrew Norman Member

    Take a look at my music at www.pdfbrass.com nearly all of which is playable by smaller bands.
    Some of the arrangements are not available for sale in the United States but much of the music is available world wide and as it is supplied as a download for you to print yourself there are no postage charges.
    If you need any further information please contact me :- andy@pdfbrass.com
     
  3. Daisy Duck

    Daisy Duck Member

    You could also check out the London Brass and Philip Jones Brass Ensemble music. It's a standard 10 piece set up - four trumpets, four trombones, one French horn and one tuba (plus percussion). Lots of fantastic music!
     
  4. James Yelland

    James Yelland Active Member

    There is gallons of music for ten-piece brass groups. They divide into two types: orchestral brass ten-pieces (4 trumpets, 3 tenor troms, 1 bass trom, French horn and tuba) and brass band ten-pieces (4 cornets in B flat, tenor horn, tenor trom, bass trom, euph and tuba), both with percussion ad lib. Increasingly, publishers include alternative parts for flexibility (trom parts in bass and treble clefs, parts for both horn in F or E flat etc).

    As Daisy Duck says above, the London Brass series have some high quality items in 'orchestral brass' format, you can find them at www.brasswindpublications.co.uk There is also the Just Brass series published by Chester Novello.

    You'll find brass band items at places like www.kirkleesmusic.co.uk www.mostynmusic.com or www.hallamshiremusic.co.uk - or try June Emerson Music if you want an agent who stocks items from a wide range of publishers.

    There are so many resources you'll be spoilt for choice! Good luck.
     
    Last edited: May 29, 2012
  5. boylan

    boylan New Member

    This is perfect! Thank you for putting me on the right track.
     
  6. Andrew Norman

    Andrew Norman Member

    I forgot Matt Kingston's excellent 10 piece set. Flexible, great value and available as a download here.
     
  7. P_S_Price

    P_S_Price Member

    SA Unity Series - written for very small Ensembles.
     
  8. Aussie Tuba

    Aussie Tuba Member

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  9. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    In the past, definitely, but there have recently been several more advanced pieces included.

    The USA Eastern Territory's Brass Sextet Journal has some quite challenging repertoire.
     
  10. Aussie Tuba

    Aussie Tuba Member

    I have the first 4 volumes of the Sextet journal. Thought the o p was looking for 10 piece so I directed him to Stephen Roberts page because I know there are some 10 piece arrangements there and also arrangements for smaller groups in formats for brass band groups or groups with french horn and tuba /trom parts in Bass Clef.
     
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  12. Dave Honeywell

    Dave Honeywell New Member

    Hi,

    My website has a large collection of flexible arrangements available which work from just four players right up to sixteen players. www.honeywellmusic.co.uk

    Thanks

    Dave
     

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