For our two featured pieces this week, we have decided to show some music that uses the flugelhorn. The use of this mellow instrument is optional in both pieces however it will definitely add a new dimension to your concert. Why bring the horn along for just one piece when you could use it for two!
First, and featured in the YouTube video is Torbjörn Hultmark’s A Song of Guadalupe. A long time friend of the group, Torbjörn’s composition is a melancholic number based around Latin American harmonies and rhythm and is primarily a solo number that features the first trumpet or flugelhorn.
Second, is another Tim Jackson arrangement called Five Shakespeare Songs and is a suite of pieces composed around the time of the Bard for use during the performance of Romeo and Juliet. The second movement, Heart’s Ease, is the one of particular interest for the flugel and introduces a more contemporary tone into the renaissance sound world. Again optional, the last movement gives the trumpets a chance to pull another instrument out of the bag, this time the piccolo trumpet.
Our featured pieces this week are taken from the Onyx Brass recording, Pavans Fantasias Variations. Recorded over twenty years ago it was a juxtaposition of old and new, with music by Dowland, Purcell, Martland and Michael Berkeley.
The first piece is a transcription by Tim Jackson of five movements from John Dowland’s Flow my Teares, and features the hauntingly beautiful variations on Lachrimae Antiquae, contrasted with two sprightly galliards to lighten the mood.
The second is an arrangement by David Gordon Shute of Henry Purcell’s Fantasia upon One Note. In what is a fantastically simple concept, the one note is passed around the quintet while Purcell’s FantasIa is played around it.
I hope you enjoy our little trip to the Renaissance.
Since we’ve been selling our music, we’ve slowly tried to increase our online presence so we are happy to announce that to add to out Twitter and Facebook presence we now have opened an Instagram account to go with them.
All three sites will now run more separately from the main Onyx Brass sites so not to put people off with sheet music related goings on here at OBP. Click on the icons at the bottom of the page to be taken to your preferred social media channel and keep up with new releases, offers and voucher codes.
To celebrate we are offering 10% off the C major fugues from Bach and Shostakovich, hard copy and download.
It will soon be 20th December and the end of the OBP sale will be upon us. So to mark this we thought that we would make all of the Shostakovich Fugues 30% off. Just add the code SHOST30 at the checkout to take advantage. What’s more you can still get 25% off everything else at the same time by adding the sale code 25OFF.
To give you an idea of what the amazing, melancholic, and epic fugues of Shostakovich sound like on brass, here’s a little teaser video with all ten that are available mashed into one 2:30 ad. The sound comes from our Chandos recording Fugue.
For those interested in the order: 1, G major 2, B minor 3, D major 4, A flat major 5, E minor 6, C major 7, G minor 8, G sharp minor 9, D flat major 10, D minor
Starting on the 1st December, we will be offering all Christmas music on OBP at 30% off. You will still be able to get 25% off everything else with the ongoing sale, but as Christmas only comes but once a year, an extra 5% will be available on anything within the Christmas category. This means you can get some of the music at prices as low as £7! Click here to view.
To take advantage of this offer, use the code XMAS30 at the checkout, and to help you decide, below is little Spotify playlist highlighting what you could receive. However do hurry as this special offer only lasts until 8th December. When using both codes, enter them separately by using the coupon link at the top of the checkout page.
It’s here! The music to Jason Rebello’s energetic piece, Inevitable Outcome, is now available to purchase here at Onyx Brass Publishing. The second piece published from Onyx Noir after For Rosie, have a watch of the video to give you a sneak preview of what you will receive.
To celebrate our little revamp, we are going to put almost everything up for 25% off. The only products that won’t be covered are the Adverbial Etudes. Just use the code 25off at the checkout. Loads to choose from and your group could be the proud owner of one or more of our top quality compositions and arrangements today!
“…the finest young jazz musician this country has produced.”
Stuart Nicholson, Jazz: The Modern Resurgence
Soon to be released from our most recent recording, Onyx Noir, is the music to Jason Rebello’s Inevitable Outcome. In the few years since it was written, it has become already one of our most popular pieces, and we’re sure all groups will enjoy rehearsing and performing Jason’s original blend of styles.
Our first piece from Onyx Noir is now ready to be purchased. For Rosie is by composer and trombonist, Mark Nightingale and features a timeless melody that is dedicated to his daughter. Use the Spotify Player below to have a listen.