In the summer of 1987 I was to play the organ prelude for our church service. I decided I wanted to do something different so I wrote a simple arrangement on the well known hymn tune, "Praise To The Lord, The Almighty". Following the introduction each verse gets a different treatment. In second verse I wrote a chamber music-like section that used a simple theme with a very lyrical underlying moving line that traded voices mid-section. I gave the piece a strong ended, repeating the theme from bass to treble three times signifying an "Amen" to the work. Here is the original organ piece performed using the GPO pipe organ.
In 1997 I attended a concert of the Eastman Trombone Choir (http://www.esm.rochester.edu/ensembles/bone_choir.php) and was very impresses by their 20+ member trombone ensemble, with it rich golden sound and more low brass firepower than is easy imagine. I had the notion to write an expanded version of my organ arrangement for this group. What I ended up with was a work for double trombone choirs, each choir of ATTTB. It was performed the following year in the massive Eastman Theatre. Here is that arrangement rendered with GPO/JABB trombones.
Some time later I was contact by Nigel Horne of the UK (http://www.bandsman.co.uk/index.htm). He expressed interest in further arranging my work for brass band. After some discussion on the matter he produced a wonderful work, full of all the flair and finesse it justly deserved. Here is the that arrangement rendered with GPO/JABB brass and percussion.
However, the story does not end there. In 1999 I made contact with the New England Brass Band (http://www.newenglandbrassband.org/). It just so happened that they were looking for new music, both for performance and also for a new CD they were about to record. They took immediate interest in Mr. Horne's brass band piece. The recording was made during 2000 in Boston Symphony Hall and the CD released the following year. Here is their performance, used by permission, of Mr. Horne's arrangement.
This recording provides an interest comparison of the GPO/JABB rendering against a live performance. Of course the NEBB is using traditional cornets, tenor horns, etc. vs the trumpets and French Horns of the GPO and in a very historic performance setting. Incidentally, whereas the center chamber music-like section is not especially difficult on the keyboard, it is fiendishly difficult when played on the respective brass instruments!!
I hope you have enjoyed this music journey and evolution.