Quartets

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Abelard by Dr. John Wall Callcott, arr. James Moule
This famous glee was written for male voices. TWO versions are provided, one for the unusual combination of tenor horn, two baritones and Eb bass, and the other for three trombones and bass. Several contrasting sections demonstrate sudden dynamic changes. Though comfortably pitched, this piece requires good understanding between players so is probably better suited to adults. Good contest piece.
Used by St.George Brass to win Under 19 Quartets at the NSW State Solo and Party Championships in 2019. Duration: 3'40".

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All Through the Night Traditional Welsh, arr. James Moule
Three verse arrangement for cornet, Eb horn, baritone horn and Eb bass with a cornet 2 thrown in for those without a tenor horn. (Sounds better with the tenor horn.)
Easy except for one high section on tenor horn. Duration: 2'40".

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The Alps by Sergei Taneyev, arranged James Moule
Set for two cornets, tenor horn and either euphonium (preferred) or bass trombone. Slow chromatic section requiring accurate pitching following by lively march.
Comfortably pitched and suitable for junior groups. Duration: 2'40".

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Amen from "Messiah"by G.F. Handel, arr. James Moule
Flexibly scored for two cornets, tenor horn and euphonium, this is not difficult but requires good counting skills. Soprano cornet on Part 1 would aid player comfort but probably not tone. Good contest or concert item. Duration: 3' 35"

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And the Glory of the Lord from "Messiah"by G.F. Handel, arr. James Moule
Handel used this piece at least twice, including as a chorus in "Messiah". This arrangement for Bb cornet, Eb Horn, baritone and euphonium is comfortably pitched, though all players get a chance to show their range. Many solo / duet sections so confident players of at least intermediate standard are required. Good contest or concert item. TC and BC parts supplied for Part 4. Duration: 2' 30"

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Andante by Edward Francis Rimbault (1816-1876)
Set for two cornets, baritone and euphonium, this little piece is ideal for training junior groups. TC and BC parts are supplied for the two lower parts and an alternative tenor horn part for 2nd cornet is also supplied. This piece was used by St.George members in winning the Under 13 Ensemble section of the 2012 Metropolitan Championships. Duration: 1 min 12s.

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Awake, Aeolian Lyre by John Danby, arranged by James Moule
This is a transcription of a prize glee, written in the late 18th century. Contrasting sections with contrasting dynamics make it a good contest piece for intermediate players. The best setting for this piece is Bb cornet, Eb horn, baritone and Eb Bass, but a cornet part is provided for the 2nd part and a (very low) euphonium part is provided for the 4th part. TC and BC parts are supplied for the two lower parts. Duration: 2'50"

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Ballinderry Rhapsody Trad., arr. by James Moule
Set for two cornets, flugel and baritone (or euphonium), this piece is available on this site as a solo and as a full band piece.
This version was played by the St.George Brass team in 2014 in winning Juvenile Quartet at the State Solo and Ensemble Championships. Duration: 2 mins 40s.

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Brass Quartet, based on Trio Op.49 No.2 by Josef Rheinberger, arranged by James Moule
Short, bright piece, featuring a wide pitch range and an unrelenting run of semiquaver passages in Part 2. Hence, this quartet version that splits the part. Scored for cornet, horns and Eb bass (tuba) with alternative Horn in F, euphonium and Bb/F trombone BC parts provided. Not difficult. Duration: 50 seconds.

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Canzona 9 "Le Battera" by Costanzo Antegnati, arr. by Jay Lichtmann
Set for soprano cornet, Bb cornet, flugel and baritone (or euphonium), this early baroque piece is available on the arranger's site at a different pitch. Not difficult. Duration: 2 mins 15s.

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Capriccio by G.B. Vitali
Scored for soprano cornet, Bb cornet, Eb horn and euphonium / baritone, this piece from the middle Baroque is a strangely unbalanced work. There is much variety of mood and a nice demonstration of the range of each instrument. Good counting is essential, as with most contrapuntal music. Not particularly difficult. Duration: 4 mins 35s.

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Cesar Franck Rock by James Moule
What would result if Cesar Franck, one of the most conservative personalities of art music, were to write a rock piece? Sliding chromatic harmonies, sonata form? This is a transposed version of the trio of the same name, pitched more comfortably for cornets and baritone with alternative Eb horn and concert pitch parts provided. A suggested snare part is written out but a good kit drummer would do better improvising. Duration: 3 mins 25s.

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Christ Lag In Todesbanden (Christ Lay in Death's Dark Prison) by Bach, arr. James Moule
Very moving Easter chorale from "The Little Organ Book".
Scored for two cornets, baritone and Eb bass. Not difficult. Duration: 2 mins 17s.

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Come, Live with Me by William Sterndale Bennett
Set for two cornets, tenor horn and euphonium, this jaunty song is comfortably pitched. Suitable for juniors. Nice concert or contest piece. Duration: 2'15"

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Contrapunctus 1 from "Die Kunst der Fuge" by J.S. Bach, arranged by James Moule
Set for Bb cornet, tenor horn, baritone and Eb bass with extra parts provided for Baritone BC, French Horn and Bass Trombone, this is the first part of one of the most significant works of Western culture.
Note that the phrasing, articulations and dynamics are not part of the autograph score so should be considered as suggestions only.
The range of the parts makes it difficult and counting is critical, making this an excellent contest piece.
Duration: 2'50"

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Contrapunctus VII from "Die Kunst der Fuge" by J.S. Bach, arranged by James Moule
A fugue to demonstrate augmentation and diminution of the subject, plus a lot of other aspects of contrapuntal writing.
Set for Soprano Cornet, Bb cornet, Baritone and Eb bass with extra parts provided in bass clef for Baritone and tuba, this is the perhaps the most aggressive of the fugues in the set.
The range of the parts makes it difficult and counting is critical, making this an excellent contest piece.
Note that the phrasing, articulations and dynamics are not part of the autograph score so should be considered as suggestions only.
Duration: 3'10"

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Crabbed Age and Youth by R.J.S. Stevens, arr. James Moule
Set for three trombones and either bass trombone or Eb tuba. TC and BC parts are provided.
This glee from the time of Beethoven is comfortably pitched and well within the capabilities of most players. Featuring contrasting dynamics and articulations, it is an ideal contest piece.
Used by a team from St.George Brass to win the Under 13 Ensemble event at the 2021 Sydney Metropolitan Solo and Ensemble Competition.
Duration: 2'15"

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Emperor Variations by Joseph Haydn, arranged by James Moule
Haydn wrote the theme as an anthem for the Austrian Emperor. (It later became the German national anthem.) Not one to waste a good tune, Haydn used it in his String Quartet No.76. arranged for two Bb cornets, tenor horn and euphonium, this is almost a transcription of that movement, allowing for the range of brass instruments. Four sensitive, experienced (adult) players required. The two lower parts have some high notes. Duration: 5'50".

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Flying Dutchman, Glimpses of The by Richard Wagner, arr. James Moule
Excepts from the overture, arranged for soprano cornet, Bb cornet, flugel and baritone. Four very strong players required. Duration: 3 mins 30s.

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Fugue in B flat from Mocba Rock by James Moule
Scored for cornet, baritone, euphonium and 4-valve Eb bass with Bb and CP versions supplied for Part 4.
This a revised, extended version of an early work by the composer. Moderate difficulty.
Duration: 2 minutes.

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Go, Idle Boy by Dr. John Wall Callcott, arranged by James Moule
This glee for male voices by an English contemporary of Beethoven is scored for lower brass: Eb Horn, Baritone Horn, Euphonium and Eb Bass Tuba. It presents a number of surmountable challenges, including some high notes. Excellent contest piece for intermediate players.
A version for 3 trombones and bass was added in July 2019. This version is comfortably pitched for all players. Duration: 2'25".

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Gondoliers Selections by Arthur Sullivan, arranged by James Moule
Scored for the standard two Bb cornets, tenor horn, and euphonium (baritone), the arrangement is based on the overture and opening number or the opera.
Written for junior players at State Championships, it is quite difficult and everyone gets some hard work.
Duration: 5'30".

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Good Night, Good Rest by Walter Cecil MacFarren
This transcription of a part song by a late 19th century English composer is rather baroque in character. Scored for Bb cornet, tenor horn, baritone and euphonium, each part is challenging due to the range.
Used by the St.George team to win Under 19 Quartet at the 2020 NSW Party Championships.
Duration: 3'30".

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Great Apollo by Samuel Webbe, arranged by James Moule
This transcription of a glee by a contemporary of Beethoven is scored for two Bb cornets, baritone and either bass trombone, euphonium or Eb bass. Not difficult. Excellent contest piece for intermediate players. Duration: 2'50".

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Hail, Hail, Smiling Morn by Reginald Spofforth, transcribed by James Moule
Scored for two Bb cornets, Eb horn and euphonium, this short piece was written by the prolific composer of glees, Reginald Spofforth (1769-1827). Not difficult. Duration: 2' 15"

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Handel Organ Concerto Op.4 No.2 transcribed by James Moule
Scored for Eb cornet, Bb cornet, Eb (tenor) horn and 4 valve euphonium, this unusual quartet plays the orchestral parts to accompany the keyboard part played on an organ or, heaven forbid, a piano. Not difficult except for some high notes. Duration: about 10 minutes.

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Harlequin by Francois Couperin, arr. James Moule
Scored for Eb cornet, 2 x Bb cornet and flugel (or another cornet), this nostalgic little jazz piece follows the harmonic patterns of the original baroque harpsichord piece. Moderate difficulty. A version for woodwind / reed (available on request) was used by Blakehurst Public School to win Under 13 Ensembles at the 2015 Metropolitan Championships. Duration: 2 minutes.

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Health to my Dear by Reginald Spofforth, arranged by James Moule
Scored for two Bb cornets, baritone (euphonium) and bass (trombone), this short glee is very comfortably pitched. Suitable for inexperienced players. Different styles of playing are required and dynamic changes are central to a successful performance. Duration: 3 minutes.

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Here in Cool Grot by Garret Wesley, transcribed by James Moule
Flexi-set, scored for Bb cornet, either cornet of tenor horn on Part 2, tenor horn, baritone or trombone on Part 3, and euphonium or bass trombone on Part 4. Suitable for doubling. Not difficult, though Part 4 has low notes that require a 4th valve or trigger (too high for tuba). Duration: 2'50".

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Herr Christ, der einge Gottes-Sohn by JS Bach, transcribed by James Moule
Scored for two Bb cornets, baritone (euphonium) and bass trombone, this short chorale is associated sometimes with Christmas. Not difficult. Duration: 1 min 30 s.

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Heut' Triumphiret Gottes Sohn by JS Bach, transcribed by James Moule
Scored for two Bb cornets, baritone and bass trombone, with alternative Eb horn and Euphonium parts.
This short Easter chorale is an exciting way to end a session. The lowest part tests range at both ends. 1st cornet is easy but the other parts are not difficult.
This version replaces an early arrangement on this site.
Duration: 1 min 15 s.

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How Dear Are Thy Counsels Unto Me by Sigismund Neukomm, transcribed by James Moule
Scored for two Bb cornets, Eb horn and Euphonium.
This anthem by the famous musician of the early 19th century is excellent for junior players as a concert item or for contests. Comfortably pitched.
Duration: 2 minutes.

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Hymn to the Moon by Josiah Booth, transcribed by James Moule
Scored for two Bb cornets, Eb horn and Euphonium with Part 3 Baritone and Part 4 Eb tuba parts also provided.
This choral piece requires sensitive playing. The contrasting sections and wide range make it an excellent choice for concerts and contests.
Used by the St.George team of Zachary Sharples, Harry Kane, Alex Putra and Holly Williams to win Under 19 Quartet / Quintet at the 2020 Victorian State Solo and Party Championships.
Duration: 3 minutes.

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If Love and All the World Were Young (Upper brass version) by Samuel Webbe, arranged by James Moule
This glee is arranged for soprano cornet, Bb cornet, flugel and tenor horn. i.e. it is pitched an octave higher than the version below. Contrasting sections demonstrate various styles of the Classical period. Comfortably pitched and suitable for junior contests. Duration: 2'45".

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If Love and All the World Were Young (Lower brass version) by Samuel Webbe, arranged by James Moule
This glee is arranged for four trombones or similarly pitched instruments. Contrasting sections demonstrate various styles of the Classical period. Treble clef and concert pitch versions are provided for each part. Parts could be doubled for a octet. Comfortably pitched though the first part is high and the 4th part is high for a tuba. Good contest piece. Duration: 2'45".

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Im Wald (In the Forest) by Fanny Mendelssohn (Hensel), arranged by James Moule
This pretty piece, originally for SATB choir, is set here for cornet, Eb horn, baritone and Eb bass with extra parts provided (cornet part 2 and Eb horn part 3). Part 4 is given in both TC and BC. Good contest piece. Suitable for expanding to seven or eight players. Duration: 2'20".

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In the Lonely Vale of Streams by Dr. John Wall Callcott, arr. James Moule
This glee is arranged for two Bb cornets, baritone and either a euphonium or bass trombone. Several contrasting sections demonstrate various styles of the Classical period. Comfortably pitched though the fourth part is low but not low enough for a tuba.
Used by the St.George team to win Under 15 Quartet at the 2020 NSW Party Championships.
Good contest piece. Duration: 4 minutes.

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The Lark in the Clear Air. Traditional Irish air, arranged by James Moule
Beautiful slow melody, presented in four sections. Not difficult. Set for 2 cornets, baritone and euphonium but sounds best with one cornet, a tenor horn, baritone and euphonium. Bass and treble clef versions provided for 3rd and 4th parts. Other transpositions of the score are available on request.
Duration: 2 mins 45s.

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Madrigal from "The Mikado" by Arthur Sullivan, arranged by James Moule
Set for two cornets, tenor horn and euphonium (or trombone, etc). Not difficult but the contrapuntal sections will challenge some players. Good for concerts and contests. Comfortably pitched and everyone gets plenty to do. Used by a St.George team to win Under 16 Ensembles at the 2019 Hunter Region Solos. Duration: 3 mins 20s.

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O Mensch, bewein' dein' Sunde Gross (Man, Bewail Thy Grievous Sin) by J.S.Bach, transcribed by James Moule
Another Easter chorale from "The Little Organ Book".
Solo for cornetist with stamina, accompanied by tenor horn and two euphos. Alternative 2nd cornet and tuba parts included. Not difficult but counting at this very slow speed will cause problems. Duration: 4 mins 20s.

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The Mighty Conqueror by Samuel Webbe, arranged by James Moule
Lively glee from this contemporary of Haydn. Set for four trombones with TC /BC parts provided. The lowest part can be played on a tuba. There are minor challenges for 1st and 4th parts in terms of high notes and the vigorous nature of the piece requires alertness. Good contest piece for intermediate players.
Duration: 2'40".

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Moreton Bay Australian colonial song, arranged by James Moule
Suitable for pairing with "Lark in the Clear Air". Not difficult and suitable for junior groups.
Flexible set with alternative instruments for 2nd, 3rd and 4th parts.Best with two cornets, baritone and euphonium.
Versions of the score with different instruments available on request. Duration: 2'15"

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Mountain Rill by George Alexander MacFarren
"At first, the mountain rill is weak" is a short contemplative piece, suitable for training groups to learn to play sensitively. Set for two cornets, baritone and Eb tuba.
Duration: 1'35".

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My Voice Shalt Thou Hear in the Morning, O Lord by Sigismund von Neukomm, arranged by James Moule
Anthem by an Austrian contemporary of Beethoven. Suitable for doubling to make an octet. Comfortably pitched and not difficult. Suitable contest piece for junior groups.
Flexible set with alternative instruments for 3rd and 4th parts. Best with two cornets, baritone and bass trombone.
Duration: 2 minutes.

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Norwegian Dance Op. 35 No. 2 by Edvard Grieg, transcribed by James Moule
This arrangement was revised in December 2015 so that the notes are better pitched for the cornets.
Set for 2 x Bb cornets, flugelhorn (3rd cornet) and baritone (euphonium). This piece shows a range of playing styles and offers moderate challenges. Duration: about 2 mins.

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Quartet for Brass (Andante) by Alexander Glazinov, transcribed by James Moule
This piece is excellent for developing expressive playing. Originally for trumpet, french horn, trombone and bass trombone, brass bands will find that it works best on cornet, flugel, baritone and euphonium. Tenor horn and trombone BC are also provided, making this suitable for doubling (octet). All parts play over a limited range, well within the capabilities of less experienced players.
Duration: about 2'35".

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Red O'er the Forest by Samuel Reay
Set for Bb cornet, Eb horn, baritone and Eb bass with alterate parts for Part 2 (cornet) and Part 3 (Eb horn). Beginning with a march and alternating with a gigue allegretto, this piece is comfortably pitched and of moderate difficulty. Suitable for contests. Duration: 2'20".

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La Rosaura by Alessandro Scarlatti, transcribed by James Moule
Set for soprano cornet, Bb cornet, Eb horn and euphonium. This piece shows a range of playing styles and offers technical challenges to all players. Moderate difficulty. Excellent for contests. Duration: about 3'15".

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"Since by Man Came Death" From "Messiah" by G.F. Handel, transcribed by James Moule
Set for two Bb cornets, Eb horn and euphonium, this piece alternates slow and fast sections. It offers few technical challenges except for a high A in Cornet 1. Excellent for junior contests. Duration: about 1'45".

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Shepherds All, and Maidens Fair by Walter Cecil MacFarren
Set for Bb cornet, tenor horn, baritone and euphonium, this charming piece of Victoriana is comfortably pitched and suitable for junior contests. Duration: 2 minutes

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Sonata No.3 by J.G.C. Stoerl
Short baroque brass piece, originally for trumpet and three trombones. Scored for cornet, tenor horn, trombone and euphonium. Not difficult but the cornet part has some high As. Duration: 3'50".

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Sonata No.5 by J.G.C. Stoerl
Short baroque brass piece, originally for trumpet and three trombones. Scored for cornet, tenor horn, trombone and Eb bass. Not difficult but the cornet part has some high As. Duration: 1'50".

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Song to Pan, The by Ciro Pinsuti, arranged by James Moule
Short part song with decorated repeat. Scored for two cornets, tenor horn or baritone, and Euphonium. Not difficult but the cornet part has some high As. Duration: 2 minutes.

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The Stars by Sergei Taneyev
Scored for Bb cornet, tenor horn, euphonium and Eb bass, this transcription, in a more convenient key than the original, is comforatbly pitched. Not difficult but a great test of expressive and subtle playing. Duration: 5'50".

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Strange Adventure from "Yeomen of the Guard" by Arthur Sullivan, arr. James Moule
Scored for two cornets, tenor horn and euphonium with alternative parts. The revision added passing notes so that the repeat is not a carbon copy. Not difficult. Duration: 1'50".

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Sweet Evening Hour by Samuel Reay, arranged by James Moule
Very expressive playing is required in this transcription of an SATB choral work. Best played on cornet, tenor horn, baritone and Eb bass with alternative cornet part provided for part 2. Only moderately challenging for intermediate players.
Duration: 3'10"

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Sweet is the Breath of Early Morn by Samuel Reay
A pretty polka is followed by a lively gigue in this transcription of an SATB choral work. Best played on cornet, tenor horn, baritone and Eb bass with alternative parts provided for parts 2, 3 and 4. Moderately challenging for all players.
Duration: 2'50"

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Tower's Ruin, The by Sergei Taneyev, arranged by James Moule
Scored for two cornets, tenor horn and euphonium with high alternative Part 3 Baritone and Part 4 Eb Bass. This choral piece alternates solemn sections, in the style of Russian Orthodox chants, with flippant allegrettos. Comfortably pitched but the difficulty lies in many changes of dynamics and time signature.
Chromatic sections require very accurate pitching which might be more of a challenge for young players. Suitable for high-status contests. Note that this score was revised in 2020.
Duration: 5 minutes.

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Two Lovers by Eduard Hecht, arranged by James Moule
Scored for Bb cornet, tenor horn, baritone horn and Eb tuba with alternative Part 2 Cornet and Part 4 Euphonium. This very expressive piece alternates contrasting sections, changing from minor to relative major key. Comfortably pitched for the most part, though Part 4 has a few high notes for bass players.
Excellent for intermediate players in contests.
Duration: 4 minutes.

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Variations on a Pastorale Theme of Charles Burney (1726-1814) by James Moule
Training quartet, suitable for junior competitions. This piece was used by St.George members to win the Under 15 Ensemble event at the 2012 State Solo and Ensemble Championships.
Set for two cornets, baritone and euphonium. Extra parts provided for part 2 on tenor horn, lower parts bass clef and lowest part on E flat bass.
Duration: 3'10".

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Veno by Bedrich Smetana
Set for three tenor trombones and bass trombone (or similarly pitched instruments). CP and TC parts provided. This short piece is comfortably pitched but a good test of coordination with its many pauses.
Duration: 2'30".

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Waldlied by Carl Amand Mangold
Set for three tenor trombones and bass trombone (or similarly pitched instruments). This short piece is comfortably pitched but a good test of coordination with its many pauses.
Duration: 1'40".

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Wandering in Close Harmony by James Moule
Scored for two cornets, flugelhorn (or third cornet), and baritone. This 1940s-style piece features close harmony with crossing parts. Comfortably pitched. Extra BC part provided for Baritone. Suitable for juniors.
Duration: 2 min 30s

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When the Saints Trad. arr. Derek Moule
Scored for two cornets or cornet / tenor horn, trombone BC or TC and euphonium / Eb bass. Suitable for juniors. Duration: 1 min 10s.

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"William Tell" overture Part 2 by Rossini, arr. James Moule
Scored for two cornets, tenor horn and baritone but Cornet 3 and Horn 4 are provided. Not difficult except for cornet 1 which has some challenges. Suitable for juniors. Used by the winning Under 15 Quartet at the 2014 Metropolitan Solo and Ensemble Championships, Sydney. An optional Eb bass part is available on request. Duration: 3 mins.

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Winter Song by Heinrich Dorn
This transcription of a charming part song is scored for two cornets, baritone and euphonium. Each part has a challenging range. Duration: 2'15"

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