Here is the 2nd Movt of the Snorlax inspired Brass Quintet.
This one is probably not for the stylistically pure of heart, as it combines Baroque brass writing, Bill Evans harmonies, and a Northern English Brass Band playing hymns. At the climax of this movement you can hear the sound of foghorns across the River Mersey, which is a sound I remember from my youth.
This movt develops material found in the opening allegro.
When I met Snorlax, to talk about the piece, he mentioned that both Trumpet players double on Flugelgorn, so the line up for this movement is;
2 Flugel horns. (JABB)
Euphonium.(Rendered using the JABB tuba)
A positively luscious chorale, Joe, honeyed with delectations.
When I read your introductory remarks, I must say I was rather
expecting a Friday's fish soup of a piece... but to the contrary,
you've succeeded eloquently in producing a perfect blend of the
elements you cite that, in the end, sounds to me like no one
other than... Joe Cavanagh.
Bravo, my friend!
I look forward to the completion of this quintet, and to hearing
it in the proper context of its entirety.
Now, when it's all done, we have to convince Snorlax to post a recording of the performance
(in 10 years after they learn it )
I hope it wont prove too difficult to play.
I have never yet written anything unplayable, in fact, in the past, I have fretted over parts wondering if it would prove too troublesome, only to find players sight reading them rather easily.
The real problem with all ensemble music from string trio to full orchestral stuff is rehearsal time.
Especially with contemporary music. Rehearsal time is often devoted to getting the notes in the right place, rather than capturing the heart and soul of a piece. I totally understand the constraints involved, but this can militate against a new work getting a scintillating premiere.
Still....... not to worry.......... in Snorlax we trust...........
Fast and good. Honestly, I don't know how you do it. Wasn't it just a few weeks back that you posted the first movement? And now this! Well done!
I like the fugato - it's a nice nod to tradition, especially in the midst of a kind of late-night-smoky-romantic-yet-alone movement (reading too much into it, right?). Very stylish and expressive. I'm no brass player, but it sounds playable; or rather it sounds like brass music - you have the idiom mastered.
Looking forward to movement 3. When can we expect it? 20 minutes or so?