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    Mozart - Ave Verum Corpus

    One of Mozart's last compositions was the incredibly beautiful "Ave Verum Corpus. The work was originally set for choir with small string ensemble accompaniment.

    At several requests I have set the work for double trombone choir (TTTB & TTBB) and also for low brass ensemble (EETT & EETT). Here I have rendered the works using Finale 2006 and the CMB brass sections.

    Trombone choir version

    http://www.garybricault.com/mp3/Moza...sTrombones.mp3

    Low Brass version

    http://www.garybricault.com/mp3/Moza...usLowBrass.mp3

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    Re: Mozart - Ave Verum Corpus

    I liked the trombone arrangement a little better but maybe a live performance would give the lower brass more of an edge for the ear.

    I can hear the original choir, string in my head and it sounds nice.

    As far as instruments go I think brass does much better live than virtual.

    These do sound like real good arrangements.


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    Re: Mozart - Ave Verum Corpus

    Quote Originally Posted by fastlane View Post
    I liked the trombone arrangement a little better but maybe a live performance would give the lower brass more of an edge for the ear.

    I can hear the original choir, string in my head and it sounds nice.

    As far as instruments go I think brass does much better live than virtual.

    These do sound like real good arrangements.

    Phil
    The trombone version was used to close the final concert at the trombone camp at Eastman School this past July. It was the perfect ending to the event, the way it fads out at the end after the buildup in the middle. Thanks for stopping to listen and for your comments as well.

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    Re: Mozart - Ave Verum Corpus

    Hi Gary,

    These are both valuable contributions to the brass ensemble literature. I enjoyed them both, but I actually preferred the lower brass version, which because of the nature of the instruments, seems to come across with more clarity.

    Best Regards,

    Jack

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    Re: Mozart - Ave Verum Corpus

    Quote Originally Posted by jacksiru View Post
    Hi Gary,

    These are both valuable contributions to the brass ensemble literature. I enjoyed them both, but I actually preferred the lower brass version, which because of the nature of the instruments, seems to come across with more clarity.

    Best Regards,

    Jack
    jack,

    Thanks for your kind comments. The original is a wonderful work to begin with. The lower brass registers work amasingly well. I agree the live performance sound better. The CMB brass works well for the purpose of the intermediate form.

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    The richness and clarity of the trombone choir version
    of this is a meal and a half, Gary -- beautifully done.
    Likewise, there's a smoothness and depth in the low
    brass version that imparts a completely different character...
    very interesting how the differening ensembles influence
    the material.

    Best,



    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by etLux View Post
    The richness and clarity of the trombone choir version
    of this is a meal and a half, Gary -- beautifully done.
    Likewise, there's a smoothness and depth in the low
    brass version that imparts a completely different character...
    very interesting how the differening ensembles influence
    the material.

    Best,

    David
    And if you enjoyed the GPO rendering (and it is good one) the live performance was mindblowing. We had 22 trombones in the choir and the effect was a golden full sound you had to hear to believe. And you are correct, the low brass version is equally nice, not what one really expects of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryBric View Post
    One of Mozart's last compositions was the incredibly beautiful "Ave Verum Corpus. The work was originally set for choir with small string ensemble accompaniment.

    At several requests I have set the work for double trombone choir (TTTB & TTBB) and also for low brass ensemble (EETT & EETT). Here I have rendered the works using Finale 2006 and the CMB brass sections.

    Trombone choir version

    http://www.garybricault.com/mp3/Moza...sTrombones.mp3

    Low Brass version

    http://www.garybricault.com/mp3/Moza...usLowBrass.mp3

    Gary

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    Wonderful rendering in the Trombone choir version, Gary.

    But, the choral like counterpoint shines through even more in the low brass version to my ears at least.

    Fred

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    Re: Mozart - Ave Verum Corpus

    Hi Gary, This is such a beautiful composition, and your arrangements serve it well for the brass instruments. Very lovely!

    This was sung by Andrea Bocelli for the funeral of Luciano Pavorotti, two great tenors.

    Thanks for sharing with us here, John

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    Re: Mozart - Ave Verum Corpus

    Quote Originally Posted by bigears View Post
    Hi Gary, This is such a beautiful composition, and your arrangements serve it well for the brass instruments. Very lovely!

    This was sung by Andrea Bocelli for the funeral of Luciano Pavorotti, two great tenors.

    Thanks for sharing with us here, John
    John,

    Thanks for your very kind comments. It is a wonderful work in its own right and adapts so nicely to other forms as you pointed out.

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