Halleluja - Anneli van Rooyen, arr. Alna Smit (Brass Quintet)

5 parts4 pages02:29a day ago82 views
Trumpet(2), French Horn, Trombone, Tuba
Anneli van Rooyen is a prominent South African singer and songwriter, through the decades. She has a lovely alto quality in her voice, though her range is quite spectacular.

This wonderful arrangement by Alna Smit (Google Musica Nova) for choir and accompaniment was so spectacular when I first heard it, that I requested Alna's permission to score it for brass quintet, to which she kindly agreed.
Be sure to listen to Anneli's recording of this Halleluja on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qgRFl081v0

Here is my orchestration of this wonderful work for your enjoyment.

I will definitely be doing a medley of Anneli's most popular songs (difficult choices) very soon.

Valentine Brass Medley (Brass Quintet)

5 parts33 pages12:523 days ago104 views
Trumpet(2), French Horn, Trombone, Tuba
I have uploaded this last year. Here it is again to wish you a happy Valentine's day! The medley contains many well-known love songs.

Repose en paix (R.I.P.) Michel Legrand Medley (Brass Quintet)

5 parts26 pages114 days ago121 views
Trumpet, French Horn(2), Trombone, Tuba
We have lost an incredible icon of film music! However, his music will live eternally. It was impossible to choose between his many hits to compile this memorial and prophetic medley. You will hear:
1. What are You Doing with the Rest of your Life?
2. The Windmills of Your Mind
3. The Summer Knows (Summer of '42)
4. Brian's Song
5. How do You Keep the Music Playing?
6. I will Wait for You...

Paying homage to this great composer! I trust you will enjoy it with me. Adieu Michel Legrand

Gebed / Prayer - Koos du Plessis, arr. Albie Louw (Brass Quintet)

5 parts3 pages01:5011 days ago110 views
Trumpet(2), French Horn, Trombone, Tuba
Koos du Plessis was a famous South African composer and poetic lyricist who has captured the essence of being and life effectively using words effectively. I have uploaded his Kinders van die Wind (Children of the Wind) before.

This Prayer is another example of his brilliance. It goes as follows:
Prayer - Koos du Plessis

Let me never leave the ground.
Let me remain in Your shadow.
Give that every earthly joy and fear,
Eventually being void before me.
I know every turnoff path.
Every time you pick me up somewhere.
Make it Lord, the last time.

Every day is a thought.
Each room just rented.
Every earthly dream of riches and fame,
Just a shadow on the wall.
Whatever is, is not mercy.
What I have just borrowed.
Actually, I long for Your waters of rest.
Lead me there, my Lord, tonight.

Be sure to listen to the original found at:

Jag vet en dejlig rosa / I know a rose so fair - Anon. (Swedish) arr. M Pancorbo (Brass Quartet)

4 parts1 page01:5012 days ago75 views
Trumpet(2), Trombone(2)
I heard this absolutely beautiful piece on saxophonist Arne Domnerus' CD called Antiphony Blues (track 5) on the Proposius label and instantly fell in love with it. I further learnt that it was sung by many Scandinavian artists following the very tragic tsunami over a decade ago in commemoration of the thousands of deaths and unsettled families and friends.
I decided to transcribe it for brass quartet. The beauty and intensity of this music are NOT captured on MS here, and must be played with soul.
The poem/lyrics (as translated by Robyn from Swedish to English):
I know a rose so fair

I know a rose so fair and white as lily petals
When I think of her my heart is filled with joy
Her voice brings solace to my heart
Like the soft sound of the nightingale
So gracious and so sweet

Like the sun shine gracefully she is as bright as purple
God, may you never grieve but always be happy
May they come together
With joy and rejoicing in their hearts
Those who miss each other

Each day the sun goes down and every day it rises
When will that blessed day arrive that I can lay my eyes on you
In my heart you are always close to me
Farewell, farewell, my heart's beloved
Many thousand times good night

Thunder and Lightning Polka, Op. 324 - J Strauss Jr. (Mixed Ensemble)

9 parts30 pages03:1820 days ago110 views
Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Tuba, Violin(2), Viola, Cello
You may be delighted that this is not going to be another waltz. This is my 3rd last Strauss orchestration for mixed ensemble. To follow is a medley of Polkas and Galops and finally a march by Strauss I.

This orchestration will sound even better with percussion imitating the thunder and lightning.
Enjoy the Storm!

The Fledermaus Waltz- J Strauss Jr., Op.367 (Mixed Ensemble)

9 parts21 pages01:48a month ago184 views
Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Tuba, Violin(2), Viola, Cello
Bats can cause quite a lot of excitement in a crowd - and Strauss Jr. also loved excitement and energy in his music with his Moorish temperament. Hence this waltz with commensurate energy. Enjoy!

The Rhythmic Danube - arr. Sam B Wood (Mixed Ensemble)

9 parts33 pages04:56a month ago95 views
Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Tuba, Violin(2), Viola, Cello
This Fox Trot arrangement of Johann Strauss's Op. 314 by Sam Wood is in a different way as exciting as the original, with at least toe-tapping qualities. As a follow-up to my previous post. Hoping you'd enjoy this one too!