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Toccata for Brass Quintet

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Jack Gallagher

Jack Gallagher

General Info

Year: 1970
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: V
Publisher: Editions Bim (Vuamarens, Switzerland)
Cost: Score and Parts - $29.38


Bb Trumpets I-II
Horn in F


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Toccata for Brass Quintet dates from 1970. It draws on materials written for music courses taught by American composer Elie Siegmeister when I was an undergraduate at Hofstra University. Its ongoing rhythmic movement and incorporation of fugal elements suggest parallels with the traditional toccata style.

In straightforward sonata form, the toccata contrasts a fanfare-like principal theme in the trumpets with a lyrical, changing-meter second theme in the trombone. A third theme beginning in the second trumpet and horn culminates in a climactic statement by the entire ensemble. The Toccata, dedicated to my wonderful trumpet and conducting mentor Charles F. Gouse, is published by Editions Bim, Vuarmarens, Switzerland.

Program Note by Jack Gallagher

Commercial Discography

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Recent Performances

  • University of South Carolina Faculty Brass Quintet - 5 September 2010.
  • Clangore Nuovo Quintetto di Ottoni - 17 April 2010 - Lombardy, Italy

Works for Winds by this Composer

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