Ensembles of Six or More Players

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Unless otherwise stated, the pieces are scored for two cornets, tenor horn, baritone/trombone, euphonium and Eb bass. Some of the pieces work well for larger groups doubling parts.

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Abendlied by Josef Rheinberger
Six players but a flexi-set is provided, enabling the group to be doubled or tripled. This is ideal for training groups in expressive playing. Scored for two (or three) Bb cornets, flugel, tenor horns, baritones, trombones and Eb bass. Quite easy and all parts are set in a comfortable range for intermediate players. Duration: 2'15"

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Adagio by Edvard Grieg
Six players. Based on the opening of the slow movement from Grieg's piano concerto, this sextet is ideal for training groups in expressive playing. Scored for Bb cornet, flugel, tenor horn, baritone, euphonium and Eb bass to allow different colours when the same theme appears. Not very easy as some instruments have an extended range. Duration: 1'30"

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Aus Meines Herzens Grunde by Sigfrid Karg-Elert
This beautiful and unpredictable pastorale, based on one of JS Bach's favourite tunes from the Lutheran hymn book, is a test of gentle and harmonious playing. Scored for soprano, Bb cornet, flugel (or 2nd cornet), Eb horn, baritone, euphonium, Eb and Bb basses but euphonium and basses are mostly doubling so could be played by 6, 7 or 8. Duration: 2'20". Not difficult.

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BROOK GREEN SUITE by Gustav Holst, arranged by James Moule
Six players. Arranged from the original manuscript, this little suite for string orchestra translates well to brass. Scored for Eb cornet, two Bb cornets, Eb horn, euphonium / baritone and Eb bass. Not very difficult, though the Dance will offer challenges. Total duration: around 7 minutes with breaks.

1. Prelude
The bass part was written for a beginner who could only play a scale, hence the repeated downward run. Duration: 1'45"

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2. Air
Maybe this inspired John Williams to write "Hedwig's Theme". Duration: 2'10"

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3. Dance (Jig)
Very lively and by far the most difficult movement. Duration: 2'35" (or more)

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CONCERTO GROSSO RV 565 by Antonio Vivaldi, arranged by James Moule
Seven players. Transcribed from the organ transcription by J.S. Bach, this piece is suitable for championship performances. Scored for soprano, two Bb cornets, Eb horn, baritone horn, euphonium and Eb bass. Quite difficult for all players. A full band version is available on this site.
Total duration: At least 10'30"
1st Movement - A mysterious Andante is followed by a lively fugue.
Duration: 5 minutes

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2nd Movement - a sensitive Sicilienne featuring the Soprano Cornet.
Duration: 2'30"

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3rd Movement - Allegro ma non troppo with highlights bouncing around the group.
Duration: 3 minutes

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Cortege from "Petite Suite" by Claude Debussy, arranged by James Moule
Six players. Transcribed from the duo-piano score, this thrilling and sensitive piece is suitable for concerts and contests. Scored for three cornets, Eb horn, euphonium and Eb bass. Moderately difficult, especially for 1st Cornet.
Duration: 3'30"

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The Dew of May by Jean Mouton
Six players. Based on the song "The Dew of the Month of May", this 500 year old sextet is excellent for junior groups. It is pitched comfortably and teaches independent counting. Sounds good in a reverberant hall. Scored for two cornets, three baritones / trombones and either Eb bass or bass trombone.
Duration: 2'20"

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Etude Op.2 No.1 by Alexander Scriabin, arranged by James Moule
Six players. Set for Eb Cornet, Bb cornet, Eb Horn, baritone, euphonium and Eb Bass. This piano piece, written when Scriabin was a teenager, remains one of his most played works. Though technically straightforward, except for a few high notes, it is difficult to "bring off" as it requires sensitivity and great communication among players to achieve the required rubato. Listen to Evgeny Kissin on YouTube to acquire the right approach.
Duration: 2'35"

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French Military March by Camille Saint-Saens, arranged by James Moule
Sextet. Set for Eb Cornet, 2 x Bb Cornet, Eb Horn, Baritone, and 4-valve Eb Tuba with extra parts for French Horn, Baritone BC and Bb Tuba. Saint-Saens entrusted his pupil, Gabriel Faure, with the task of transcribing "Suite Algerienne" for two pianos. It is this version that is the basis of this arrangement.
Everyone has a lot of work and there are some challenging bits. Excellent for concerts or contests.
Duration: 5'15"

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Heavens are Telling, The, from "The Creation" by F.J. Haydn, arranged by James Moule
Septet. Set for three Bb cornets (of which the 3rd has the hardest part), baritone, trombone, bass trombone (eupho) and Eb bass (but either bass trombone or Eb bass could be omitted). Excellent concert or contest piece with rousing climax. Not very difficult.
Duration: 4'40".

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Herr Christ, der ein'ge Gottes-Sohn by J.S. Bach, arr. James Moule
Six players. Wonderful Christmas chorale from "The Little Organ Book". Not difficult and fun to play. Scored for two cornets, tenor horn, euphonium, trombone and Eb bass.
Duration: 1'35"

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If Music Be the Food of Love by Henry Purcell, arranged by James Moule
Six players. Scored for two cornets, two tenor horns, baritone and euphonium / bass trombone. Comfortably pitched and fairly straightforward, so suitable for junior groups. Duration: 2 minutes

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In Dulci Jubilo by J.S Bach, arr. James Moule
Six players. Quite difficult arrangement of this Christmas chorale from the ungrouped chorale preludes for organ. Scored for two corrnets, tenor horn, baritone, euphonium and Eb bass.
Duration: 2'30"

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In dir ist freude by J.S. Bach arr. James Moule
Six players. A famous chorale prelude from "The Little Organ Book". Not very difficult but everyone has to be able to count. Suits all seasons, even weddings! Also available in full band version. Scored for two cornets, tenor horn, euphonium, trombone and Eb bass.
Duration: 2'30"

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Islamey by Mily Balakirev, arr. James Moule
Septet. Set for soprano, two Bb cornets, tenor horn, baritone, euphonium and Eb bass. Infamous virtuosic piano piece, said to be the most difficult of the Nineteenth Century. The exciting galloping theme is followed by a luscious andantino. The gallop returns and the piece concludes with a furious coda. This arrangement is a compromise, shortening the piece so that it fits into competition time limits and avoids unfriendly key signatures. The chromaticism makes this very difficult. Duration: 5 minutes.

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MESSIAH by G.F. Handel, arr. James Moule
Six players. Two movements from the oratorio which may be played separately or as a set.

Worthy is the Lamb
The final chorus of "Messiah", here set from a sextet or septet. Some flexibility is available with instrumentation. Soprano cornets on parts 1 and 3 would improve player comfort but probably not tone. Not very difficult but the contrapuntal sections require good counting.
Duration: 3'35".

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Amen
The previous chorus ends on a dominant chord so it naturally leads to the Amen as a conclusion. This makes the combination very suitable for contests, as well as being useful for concerts, especially at Easter. Sextet with various options for instruments. Soprano cornets on parts 1 and 3 would aid player comfort but probably not tone.
Duration: 3'35".

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Norwegian Dance Op. 35 No.3 by Edvard Grieg arr. James Moule
Six players. Scored for two Bb cornets, tenor horn, baritone, euphonium and Eb bass.
Short, jaunty piece, not difficult. Suitable for concert performance.
Duration: 2'30"

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ORGAN CONCERTO No. 4 by G.F. Handel, transcribed by James Moule
Octet plus keyboard. Handel wrote some 16 concertos for keyboard. These were played as interludes in his operas and were mostly arrangements of pieces published in other forms. As English organs at the time did not have pedal boards, these can be played on an electronic keyboard, harpsichord or piano (but a real pipe organ sounds best and can match brass accompaniment.) Each movement here is scored for Eb cornet, 3 x Bb cornets, Eb horn, baritone, euphonium and Eb bass. The organ part is as written by Handel. The Eb bass and baritone parts are given for balance but their parts are covered by other instruments. Each movement stands alone as a separate piece, if required. Not difficult.

1. Allegro
Vigorous fanfare theme punctuated by florid passages on the organ (cuckoo and nightingale).
Duration: 3'40"

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2. Andante, Adagio
Famous march-like movement, followed by organ improvisation.
Duration: 6'45"

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3. Allegro
Rocketing fugue with occasional interruptions by brass. Not much for the brass players in this movement.
Duration: 3'25"

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Praise My Soul by Sir John Goss, transcribed by James Moule
Six players. Four verse transcription of this tour de force of vocal harmony for two cornets, Eb horn, two trombones (or baritones / euphoniums) and Eb bass. Suitable as a warm up to emphasise tone, balance, mute playing and ensemble work. Bass clef and treble clef parts are provided for the lower instruments. Works well for larger groups with parts suitably balanced. Easy.
Duration: 2 minutes.

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Prelude BWV 532 by JS Bach, arranged by James Moule
Six players, set for two cornets, Eb horn, baritone, euphonium and a four-valve Eb bass.
Derived from the organ Prelude in D Major, the influence of Buxtehude is clear in this youthful work.
All players face moderate technical challenges.
Duration: 4'40"

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Prelude and Fugue by Henry Purcell, transcribed by James Moule
Six players, set for two cornets, Eb horn, baritone, euphonium and a bass, preferably a small four-valve Bb bass, though a four-valve Eb bass part is provided. The improvisatory, contemplative prelude, highly decorated, is followed by a thrilling fugetta with a stunning finish. Better suited to adult players who can recognise the conversational nature of the prelude. Duration: 3 minutes.

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Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, by Sigfrid Karg-Elert, transcribed by James Moule
Octet. This short, gentle chorale improvisation is No. 51 of Opus 65. Here transcribed for soprano cornet, two Bb cornets, flugelhorn, Eb horn, baritone, euphonium and Eb bass, it is excellent for developing beautiful tone and a warm ensemble sound. Highly chromatic harmonies will test tuning accuracy but otherwise, there are few challenges for experienced players. Duration: 2 minutes.

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Sinfonia from Brandenburg Concerto No.1 by J.S. Bach, arranged by James Moule
Six players. The original came in (at least) three versions, of which the first movemement of the first Brandenburg is the best known. (It also appears as a Sinfonia and as the overture to Cantata BWV 52. Scored here for soprano cornet, two Bb cornets, Eb horn, euphonium and Eb bass, there is very little "doubling" yet most of the action is covered. Due to high notes, it is quite difficult, suitable for championships or concerts, providing challenges for experienced players. The piece is unrelenting and all parts involve a lot of work but the effort is rewarding. Duration: 4 minutes 15 seconds.

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TOCCATA, ADAGIO AND FUGUE IN C MAJOR, BWV 564 by J.S. Bach, arr. James Moule
Six players. Scored for soprano, 2 x Bb cornets, tenor horn, euphonium (baritone) and Eb bass. This famous organ sonata translates well to brass ensemble (but not full band). Six strong players are required. Not for beginners. Brilliant major concert piece but each movement stands as a separate work.

Toccata
Surely inspired by a family quarrel. (The kids start squabbling, Mum and Dad intervene firmly in unison, then a "full and frank" family discussion takes place.) Great potential for a comedy act. Don't be frightened by the demi-semquavers - the pace is leisurely, notes really double length in modern music. This is the most difficult of the three movements, especially the opening quasi fantasia section. Duration: 5 mins 30s.

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Adagio
Bach in a contemplative mood. Mostly a conversation between soprano and 1st cornet. Easy for everyone but very expressive playing is essential. Duration: 3 minutes.

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Fugue
Bach in a joyous and frivolous mood. This jovial fugue in four voices needs six players to cover the range but only four players are likely to be playing together until the last few bars. Plenty of challenges but none that good players will not overcome. The MIDI file provided is crude and does not include ornaments and speed changes. Duration: 4 mins 20s.

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Two Gloomy Clouds Over the Mountains by Sergei Taneyev, arranged by James Moule
Octet (double quartet) in three contrasting sections. Based on the chorus Op.27 No.11 for double SATB choir, this arrangement is a "flexiset", enabling two opposing quartets to battle in antiphony. It is suitable for doubling (16 players) or tripling (24 players). The range of Parts 7 & 8 will annoy both bass and euphonium players. Very chromatic but otherwise not difficult. Suitable for contests. Duration: 5 minutes

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Voi Polita e Leggiadra by Girolamo Belli, edited by James Moule
Sextet. Baroque love motet, set for 2 cornets, tenor horn and three trombones (or similar).
Comfortably pitched and an excellent contest piece for inexperienced players.
Duration 2'50".

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Von Himmel Hoch by Sigfrid Karg-Elert, transcribed by James Moule
Octet. The original melody of this famous German carol is difficult to discern in this chorale prelude. Set for eight piece ensemble plus optional Bb bass. Very chromatic but otherwise not difficult. Duration 2'15".

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