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    Bach - Fantasia and Fugue in C-Minor for GPO Brass Quintet

    The Bach "Fantasia and Fugue in C-Minor" originally composed for organ, is one a work that begins in the solomn, dramatic tone of the Fantasia and ends in the boister and joyful Fugue. That work is itself rather taxing to the organist and, as a transcription, proves to be a major challange to keep the parts in range and also allow tiny moments for the musicians to breath and rest. The work is set as brass quintet for two trumpets, F Horn, Tenor Trombone and Tuba. The GPO brass provides a wonderful set of brass instruments with that cold steel sound that is so well suited for this work.

    Fantasia
    http://www.garybricault.com/mp3/Bach...siaQuintet.mp3
    Fugue
    http://www.garybricault.com/mp3/Bach...gueQuintet.mp3

    Gary

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    Re: Bach - Fantasia and Fugue in C-Minor for GPO Brass Quintet

    Nice adaptation once again, Gary! Though these fellows
    are in for a workout, as you noted.

    A question on that long, held pedal at the opening of the
    Fantasia... gosh, that seems like one very, very deep
    breath to hold that one...? I assume the the player
    would have to break-and-snatch that off the beat
    somewhere?

    My best,



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    Re: Bach - Fantasia and Fugue in C-Minor for GPO Brass Quintet

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux View Post
    Nice adaptation once again, Gary! Though these fellows
    are in for a workout, as you noted.

    A question on that long, held pedal at the opening of the
    Fantasia... gosh, that seems like one very, very deep
    breath to hold that one...? I assume the the player
    would have to break-and-snatch that off the beat
    somewhere?

    My best,

    David
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    David,

    Glad that you enjoyed the transcription. Yes indeed it is a real workout. But such are the harzards of small ensemble playing. There are certainly quintets out there with the talent to pull it off.

    Regarding the long pedal note, it is definately a stint that will require some fast breaks or circular breathing to keep the note going. I am also thinking of offering an oxygen breathing suppliment apperatus for an additional charge to help carrier the tuba through .

    Gary

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    Re: Bach - Fantasia and Fugue in C-Minor for GPO Brass Quintet

    Gary,

    Glad i cought a chance of listening to this
    I just listened to the 'Fugue' and well

    ITS JUST WONDERFUL!!!

    I love Fugues and im a brass man myself so this was just a delightful treat.
    I will now listen to the 'Fantasia'

    Thanks for posting this.


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    Gary:

    Seems to have worked out very well. Like the trumpets. They
    are very brilliant and just right for the music of Bach.

    I used to attend the Bach Festival on the campus of Lehigh University
    where the major work was Bach's B Minor Mass with the Philadelphia
    Orchestra, E. Power Biggs at the organ, etc. A great, full day of Bach
    and outside all around the beautiful rolling hills of the University were
    small brass, string, WW groups playing some of his shorter works.

    Just great music and a feeling that he was present.

    Great rendering on this too, Gary.


    BRAVO,

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    Re: Bach - Fantasia and Fugue in C-Minor for GPO Brass Quintet

    Quote Originally Posted by June-Bug-Dan View Post
    Gary,

    Glad i cought a chance of listening to this
    I just listened to the 'Fugue' and well

    ITS JUST WONDERFUL!!!

    I love Fugues and im a brass man myself so this was just a delightful treat.
    I will now listen to the 'Fantasia'

    Thanks for posting this.


    Dan.
    Dan,

    Always glad to hear from another brass man. And that you enjoyed the work. It is a terrific piece, even the original organ work. The brass just enhances it all the more. And the GPO brass is terrific for this music.

    Gary

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    Re: Bach - Fantasia and Fugue in C-Minor for GPO Brass Quintet

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhap2 View Post
    Gary:

    Seems to have worked out very well. Like the trumpets. They
    are very brilliant and just right for the music of Bach.

    I used to attend the Bach Festival on the campus of Lehigh University
    where the major work was Bach's B Minor Mass with the Philadelphia
    Orchestra, E. Power Biggs at the organ, etc. A great, full day of Bach
    and outside all around the beautiful rolling hills of the University were
    small brass, string, WW groups playing some of his shorter works.

    Just great music and a feeling that he was present.

    Great rendering on this too, Gary.

    BRAVO,

    Jack
    Jack,

    Glad you enjoyed the piece. WOW...E. Power Biggs, quite the affair that you have described. Wish I could have heard it too. I agree, the GPO brass is a stunning job in making the rendering seem very real.

    Gary

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    Gary

    Very nice arrangement!

    I thoroughly enjoyed the fugue, but then I have always enjoyed fugues.

    Well done

    Ron
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    Re: Bach - Fantasia and Fugue in C-Minor for GPO Brass Quintet

    Quote Originally Posted by rolifer View Post
    Gary

    Very nice arrangement!

    I thoroughly enjoyed the fugue, but then I have always enjoyed fugues.

    Well done

    Ron
    Ron,

    Glad that you enjoyed the work. The fugue is especially nice and very challanging. But nice change after the stearn Fantasia.

    Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryBric View Post
    The Bach "Fantasia and Fugue in C-Minor" originally composed for organ, is one a work that begins in the solomn, dramatic tone of the Fantasia and ends in the boister and joyful Fugue. That work is itself rather taxing to the organist and, as a transcription, proves to be a major challange to keep the parts in range and also allow tiny moments for the musicians to breath and rest. The work is set as brass quintet for two trumpets, F Horn, Tenor Trombone and Tuba. The GPO brass provides a wonderful set of brass instruments with that cold steel sound that is so well suited for this work.

    Fantasia
    http://www.garybricault.com/mp3/Bach...siaQuintet.mp3
    Fugue
    http://www.garybricault.com/mp3/Bach...gueQuintet.mp3

    Gary

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    Hi again, Gary!

    I'm also a fan of that cold steel sound, lol! I use it a lot in my own pieces!

    This was very refreshing to hear!

    Good old Bach!
    Always reminding us of the endless possiblities and power of tonality!

    Fred

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