ABEL Listening Party #2

Due to Professor Manning’s solo tour during our regularly scheduled Advanced Brass Ensemble Literature meeting time, we as a class had a 2nd listening party in his absence. Below is what each classmate shared:



Fugue in D-minor (little fugue in G) arr. Mexi, Budapest Festival Horn Quartet. Miklos Nagy, Laszio Rakos, Laszio Gal, Tibor Markuzsa

This was some rather impressive horn playing, and really showed the versatility and range of the horn.




Tromba Mundi Victory Fanfare - Benjamin Blasko

A friend of mine wrote this piece for his teacher, William Stowman (Messiah College) and his ensemble, Tromba Mundi. Ben is now finishing his DMA in conducting at UNT.





Divertimento for Brass & Percussion - Karel Husa

This piece reminded me of the music of Jack Stamp and a little bit of Grainger. Perhaps Husa shares similar compositional elements to Stamp and Grainger.




Clarino Quartet - Ellen Taffe Zwillich/Thierry Gervais

From a trumpeter’s point of view, I winced in pain even though I wasn’t the one playing in the recording as I heard the high piccolo trumpet part! Although this piece as Evan described was a non-trumpet ensemble sounding piece, it still sounded like one to me.


Quidditch - John Williams

I enjoy hearing the music of John Williams, and I think I have heard this live many times!






Jazz Suite for 4 Horns, Harpsichord, Guitar, Bass, Drums - Alec Wilder

I thought that the use of harpsichord in the jazz idiom was bizarre, but it was pleasant to listen to, and rather humorous!