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.
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.