Our Staff Picks
Two eight-voice cansons composed by Gioseffo Guami were selected from the instrumental music collection Canzoni per sonare (36 songs in total) compiled by Alessandro Raverii and published in Venice in 1608. Two groups consisting of two trumpets and two trombones interact with each other, but each first voice has a transcendental passage, which is a highlight. The speed specifications listed are for reference only, but it would be better not to be slower than this tempo.
Two motets are arranged for 8 part brass ensemble (4 trumpets and 4 trombone) from " Cantiones Sacrae" (Sacred Music) by Samuel Scheidt, which was published 1620 in Hamburg. Among the 38 pieces in the book, the followings are selected here. No. 12 Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland No. 15 In dulci jubilo Both melody was very popular at that time, and many composers other than Samuel Scheidt have made pieces based on those melody.
Suite from John Dowland's Lachrimae, or Seven Teares (published 1604 in London) for 7 parts brass instruments. The pieces included in this suite are as follows; 1. Mistresse Nichols Almand (No.20) 2. M. George Whitehead his Almand (No.21) 3. Lachrimae Antiquae (No.1) 4. The Earle of Essex Galiard (No.12) 5. The King of Denmarks Galiard (No.11)
St. Matthew Passion contains 12 choral for four voice choir. Here, those are converted to 4 brass instruments (2 Trumpets and 2 Trombones). Those will be useful to practice harmony for four players. It also suites to play with 1 flugelhorn and 3 trombones (alto, tenor and bass). Score only and no part music is included.