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date: 08 April 2020

Brass quintet (Fr. quintette de cuivres; Ger. Blechbläserquintett, Blechquintett; It. quintetto di ottoni)locked

  • Bill Jones

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(Fr. quintette de cuivres; Ger. Blechbläserquintett, Blechquintett; It. quintetto di ottoni)

A composition for two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba or bass trombone, or a group performing such a composition. During the 16th and 17th centuries numerous European composers wrote five-part consort music played by two cornetts and three sackbuts; five-part Turmmusik was written and performed by German Stadtpfeifer (town musicians). J.C. Pezel, a well-known Leipzig Stadtpfeifer wrote 116 pieces for five-part brass ensemble. Five-part works for brass instruments in the 19th century and the early 20th include compositions by Ludwig Maurer, Alexander Aliabev, Victor Ewald and Anton Simon. Although these were written for conical bore instruments (cornets, E♭ horns, B♭ horns, tuba), they are treasured by modern brass quintet ensembles for their musical and historical value, receiving frequent performances. Five-part brass writing is also found in European and American brass band music of the 19th century.

Chamber music ensembles flourished in New York in the years immediately following World War II, especially among students at the Juilliard School. Around ...

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