Music for Brass

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John Williams

John Williams

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General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

The National Brass Ensemble, comprised of twenty-six musicians from the top nine U.S. orchestras, commissioned Williams for this work which was premiered in the summer of 2014. Having worked personally with the individuals in the ensemble through their respective orchestras over the course of his illustrious career, the composer had developed intimate knowledge of their reputed abilities. In the words of Williams himself:

Throughout my musical life, I’ve been instructed and inspired by the great brass players that I have been privileged to work with and write for. Because of the breadth of their exposure to so many musical genres—classical, jazz, big band ensemble, military and brass band tradition, pop, rock ‘n roll, and on and on—our American brass players are the most versatile and finest in the world. The invitation to write a piece for the National Brass Ensemble gave me an opportunity to salute the members of this preeminent ensemble, and Music for Brass is offered as a humble tribute to their wizardry. The piece attempts to spotlight, separately and together, the diverse groups forming the ensemble—trumpets, horns, trombones, and tubas—and I hope in some small way it might capture some of the brilliant spirit of “my friends pictured within."

- Program Note from U.S. Marine Band concert program, 14 December 2016


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