Legend and Canon: Two Short Pieces for Brass Quartet

From Wind Repertory Project
Houston Bright

Houston Bright

General Info

Year: 1953
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: VI
Publisher: Associated Music Publishers
Cost: Unknown


Bb Trumpet (or Cornet) I–II
Horn in F (or Trombone I)
Trombone (or Trombone II)

(Note: Includes alternative parts.)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Houston Bright's Legend & Canon (1953) is sometimes known simply as "Two Short Pieces for Brass Quartet," the work's subtitle. Part I, the "Legend" — marked as Andante misterioso (♩=108) — is a flowing 6/4 study; while Part II, the ringingly imitative "Canon," is marked as Allegro moderato (♩=120) in 4/4 time.

The composer dedicated the two-part work as a whole to "M.J. Newman and the West Texas State College Brass Quartet"; Newman was director of the college's concert band at the time. Dr. Bright (1916–1970) was professor of music, choral conductor, and official composer-in-residence at West Texas State College (now West Texas A&M University) in Canyon, Texas.

In September 1971, Bright's Legend & Canon was named to a Selected List of Twentieth-Century Ensembles Published for Three or More Brass Instruments (published in Music Educators Journal ). Works on the list were chosen by a group composed of classical-music critics and members of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors who were recognized as "specialists in the brass chamber music field."

Program Note by Clifford W. Crouch


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