Almost all of our music for obvious reasons is for quintet or similar size ensemble. However for our next release we have changed it up by adding two sixteen piece Richard Strauss Motet transcriptions that make up his Zwei Gesänge.
The first music we have released from Festmusik: A Legacy, prepared by Dave Gordon Shute and Matt Smith, Der Abend and Hymne are now the largest scores available here on OBP. Scroll down to have a listen on Spotify.
Perfect for any music college or conservatoire they are scored for 4 trumpets, 2 flugelhorns, 2 horns in F, 4 trombones, 2 bass trombones and 2 tubas. Zwei Gesänge or Two Songs bring the late Romantic Strauss awesome majesty of sound to the large brass ensemble.
Over the years, our Composer-in-Association Timothy Jackson has contributed greatly to the repertoire of Onyx Brass and by association the wider brass quintet diaspora with a myriad of compositions, transcriptions and arrangements. However, we are so proud that his two most seminal works, Two Haiku and Seventeen Variations on a Theme by John Dowland, are now available for download here at Onyx Brass Publishing.
Featured on the recordings Trisagion and Fantasias, Pavans and Variations respectively, they explore the advanced technique of the individual brass player and combined ensemble.
Also as they have been chosen for use in the Philip Jones International Brass Ensemble Competition, we hope they will now receive the wider audience they deserve.
We are pleased to announce that the latest piece from our Onyx Noir recording, The Mighty Pencil by Trish Clowes is now available for purchase and download. Follow the product image below to add it to your basket. Hope you enjoy!
Following on from the imminent release of Gwilym Simcock’s Stomper, we are pleased to announce that the fourth piece from the popular recording, Onyx Noir, is to be made available exclusively here at Onyx Brass Publishing.
The Mighty Pencil by Trish Clowes forms one of the twelve works that Onyx Brass recorded on their critically acclaimed jazz inspiration disc, with Trish as instrumentalist and composer being described by the Guardian as “one of the most agile and original jugglers of improv and adventurous composition to have appeared in the UK in recent times”The Mighty Pencil does exactly that with a delightful fusion of classical and jazz harmony alongside chances to bring elements of Improvisation into the music.
The piece opens with the instruction “Have Fun” though while composing The Mighty Pencil, the shooting at the Paris offices of the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, occurred with the piece taking a darker, more protest like character toward it’s conclusion.
We are pleased to announce that we will be releasing Gwilym Simcock’s Stomper for brass quintet for purchase exclusively here on OBP, in what will be one of our largest single pieces to date. Taken from the critically acclaimed recording of Onyx Noir, Stomper will be available to download or via special order for hard copy.
Based on the original jazz form of a Stomp, which has its routes in the early 1920’s in Jelly Roll Morton’s King Porter Stomp, it uses a specific eight bar chord progression from this piece and other examples of this form are Benny Goodman’s Slipped Disc and Duke Ellington’s Bojangles.
Gwilym Simcock, the Welsh pianist and composer who has been variously described as “exceptional”, “dazzling” and “brilliant”, has written a piece that is brimming with unbridled energy from beginning to end. Stomper is a challenge for all ensembles to tackle but will reward players and audiences alike with its infectious rhythms and melodies.
Fanfare for the Grenadier Guards was written in 1966, the same year that Leiston Suite was composed and is scored for three trumpets, two trombones and horn in F. The score requests for the trumpets and trombones to be arranged as far apart and opposite each other with the horn, a more distant voice from centre stage. Like Leiston, it is another piece that was recorded by Onyx Brass and directed by John Wilson on their successful Fanfares recording.
We are very proud to present another new work available for purchase here at OBP. Entrée de Polimnie is taken from Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera, Les Boreades, and is a sublime opening number for any occasion. Take a look at our popular YouTube clip to get a taste of this Baroque masterpiece.
We have some old stock left on the shelves so have decided to offer it at a 25% discount. Mainly Bach and Shostakovich fugues, it is the same excellently produced music but just in the old purple covers.
To browse what is left at the bargain price of £15, follow the link below.
Great to hear Sarah Walker play Mark Nightingale’s ”beautifully lyrical piece” For Rosie on Essential Classics this morning. Only available from OBP, Mark’s composition from the Onyx Noir recording is dedicated to his daughter and features timeless melodies for trumpet and horn. Have a listen and see what you think.