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gogreen

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Brass Band questions
« on: October 25, 2016, 04:34:32 PM »
I must be missing something when it comes to brass bands. I'd like to write for brass bands, but it just seems to me there would be an awful lot of doubling. Am I wrong about this? Can anyone suggest some exemplary brass band music with scores I might follow? Thanks.

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Re: Brass Band questions
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2016, 05:39:52 PM »
So there's this really good brass band from my hometown that has a ton of video performance recordings online ... no scores, but I don't know to what extent you can put things together by listening: http://www.lancasterbbb.org/

I've never tried to write anything for a brass band, nor have I played in more than a quintet, but I agree ... it's an interesting genre. Intrigued to hear if others have thoughts.

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Re: Brass Band questions
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2016, 03:42:43 AM »

Iím not any good in writing for brass band. I did write all the pieces I published in Belgium for brass band and fanfare band as well as Concert band, but I didnít have enough experience to do it right I think. Itís a craft on its own.

There are usually a fixed number of players, and many similar instruments in a brass band. There are two rows of cornets, but they are split up in different parts.

One has to think of the range and timber of different instruments and how they can be put together to produce different sound effects.

In a wind ensemble the woodwinds usually have all the runs but in a brass band the different brass instruments have to do it theme selves. Therefore you will see a quite different use of instruments. At least in the higher grade levels.

Hereís a link that explains all this further.

https://www.bandsman.co.uk/writing.htm

Hereís a link to scores. Itís a German site but just type in brass band or title and you can download a PDF and listen to the piece. There may be other sites as well.

https://www.blasmusik-shop.de

You can also look at Hal Leonard Brass Band on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXaF8hZUztMmqeIvHhI3fQw

I hope this can be of help.  :)

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Re: Brass Band questions
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2016, 06:17:59 AM »
Morten: Thanks for the links!

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Re: Brass Band questions
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2016, 09:01:56 AM »
One advantage of brass bands is that the size of the ensemble and the instrumentation is fixed, unlike a concert band, where you can't even know if certain parts will be played at all.
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Re: Brass Band questions
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2017, 12:36:19 PM »
How to Write for Brass Bands

https://www.bandsman.co.uk/writing.htm

Pretty Good Primer on Brass Bands and writing for them.


Brass Band Sheetmuisc

http://www.scoreexchange.com/instrumentations/brass-band.html

Symphony for Brass Band by David Carter

1st Movement: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/82235.html
2nd Movement: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/82304.html
3rd Movement: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/40765.html
4th Movement: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/68764.html


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Re: Brass Band questions
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2017, 10:48:22 PM »
Konzertmuzik by Hindemith for brass and strings, has lots of moments where there's only the brass playing. Superb writing lot's to learn. Video with score: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3f_-rJQ_Os
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Re: Brass Band questions
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2017, 06:15:33 AM »
Thanks, Ed and Periwink.

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Re: Brass Band questions
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2017, 07:52:50 AM »
I heard today by chance that Philip Sparke is a very well received composer/arranger for brass band (considered 'brass band god'), there are plenty of scores by him on youtube to follow: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=philip+sparke+score
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Re: Brass Band questions
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2017, 12:27:33 PM »
Concurring, Sparke is definitely a prolific and talented brass band writer. Played a piece of his recently. Good stuff.

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Re: Brass Band questions
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2017, 06:23:27 AM »
Thanks, Ben and again, Periwink. I don't have time at the moment to study this material, but it's on my to-do list!