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    Ghost Dance for brass quintet

    Here's a very short piece for brass quintet I just had fun completing. I've called it "Ghost Dance" it uses the GPO solo versions of trumpets 1 & 2, french horn, trombone & tuba 1. (brings back memories of when I played tuba in a real one many moons ago!)

    I resisted the temptation to tweak it in Sonar 5 and just used Overture 4 for the whole of the process.

    It can be heard here - http://www.sullivanweb.co.uk/music/ghost%20dance.mp3

    and the score can be viewed (in pdf) here - http://www.sullivanweb.co.uk/music/Ghost.pdf

    Cheers & best wishes to all for a Happy Christmas.

    John
    Last edited by mistersynth; 12-21-2006 at 07:18 PM. Reason: to correct a typo - added "t" to uba to make tuba!

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    Re: Ghost Dance for brass quintet

    A wonderful Brass arrangement!

    There's some nice harmonies here. And all voicing is well balanced, which is not easy thing to do when working with Brass

    ... not sure It conjures up images of ghosts though..

    Excellent writing, John!

    ~Jeff

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    Re: Ghost Dance for brass quintet

    Quote Originally Posted by jsp2
    A wonderful Brass arrangement!

    There's some nice harmonies here. And all voicing is well balanced, which is not easy thing to do when working with Brass

    ... not sure It conjures up images of ghosts though..

    Excellent writing, John!

    ~Jeff
    Hello Jeff,

    Thanks so much for taking the time to listen and for you positive comments.

    Phew, for a while I thought nobody was going to pay any attention to this.

    The reference to Ghosts is a bit subtle/convoluted I have to admit. The trumpet triplet line to me, coupled with the modal harmonies are, slightly reminiscent of celtic jig(ish) type music, and with a fair but diminishing percentage of Irish blood still in my veins, it seemed to evoke dim, distant folk memories. (there's got to be some Irish blood in there somewhere - with a surname like Sullivan! - in fact my paternal gt gt grandfather & grandmother came to England from Cork in 1853 - must have been the Potato Famine)

    I have a bit of an advantage in brass writing - for many years I played the Tuba, both orchestrally and in various ensembles (as often as not, the quintet) so I have a residual insight into how the instruments gel and what they're capable of. The trumpet parts and the tuba part aren't particularly easy, but they are playable in the right hands.

    Once again many thanks for your kind comments.

    Have a great Christmas,

    Best regards,

    John

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    John,

    your music made my day. It is enjoyable but non-trivial and has an essence for me.

    I will look on the instument Tuba more closely now .


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    Re: Ghost Dance for brass quintet

    Quote Originally Posted by Hannes_F
    John,

    your music made my day. It is enjoyable but non-trivial and has an essence for me.

    I will look on the instument Tuba more closely now .


    Hannes
    Hi Hannes,

    Thanks for your lovely comment. I'm so glad you enjoyed the piece.

    In comparison to many instruments, the tuba may at first appear limited, but it does have a wide range of uses, ranging from the quite delicate to adding substantially to the magnificence of large orchestral fortes. It's perhaps only in smaller ensembles that you can hear it's capabilities more clearly.

    Once again, thanks for listening and have a great Christmas.

    Best,

    John

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    Re: Ghost Dance for brass quintet

    John,

    Now this is some great writing for brass. The feel and complexity constantly changing keeping me listening for what happens next. You are correct, only in a small ensemble will the voices speak so clearly.

    Gary

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    John -

    Very nice composition. Nicely written and nicely sequenced. I do like enjoy listening to brass ensembles.

    Thank you for sharing!

    Ted
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    Excellent!

    Some darned fine meat on this one; superb composition;
    and overall, a very strong piece with top-flight brass
    writing.

    Get this one out there, John -- maybe talk to Gary
    Bricault [GaryBric] about some suggestions for avenues
    of performance.

    Bravo!

    David
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    Re: Ghost Dance for brass quintet

    Quote Originally Posted by GaryBric
    John,

    Now this is some great writing for brass. The feel and complexity constantly changing keeping me listening for what happens next. You are correct, only in a small ensemble will the voices speak so clearly.

    Gary

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    Hi Gary,

    Thanks so much for listening and for taking the trouble to comment. It really is very much appreciated. I know what you mean about the feel and the apparent complexity - I love to play around with those cross rhythms!

    Have a super Christmas!

    Best regards,

    John

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    Re: Ghost Dance for brass quintet

    Quote Originally Posted by efiebke
    John -

    Very nice composition. Nicely written and nicely sequenced. I do like enjoy listening to brass ensembles.

    Thank you for sharing!

    Ted
    Hi Ted,

    Thanks for your comments and for listening. I'm really glad you enjoyed this piece. I know what you mean about brass ensembles too. They produce a great and exciting sound and I think GPO does an excellent job in reproducing that.

    Hope you have a super Christmas.

    Best wishes,

    John

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