The Beginning Brass Quintet Series is designed for younger brass players getting their first experience with a
small ensemble (and weekend warriors who may not have the time to keep their chops at a professional level and
professionals who like to keep some less taxing arrangements in their concert book).
Instrument ranges are written to Level 2 guidelines, and there are no sixteenth note rhythms (except "Go Tell It
On the Mountain" which does use a dotted eighth/sixteenth rhythm several times). Many phrases begin with
several instruments starting in unison to help young players feel confident and find their partials before moving
into harmony with the rest of the quintet. These arrangements are very straightforward, not too lengthy, and
use a minimum of close harmonies (in other words, the French horn and trombone won't spend the whole chart a half
step away from each other). Despite these guidelines, the pieces all sound very professional and are suitable
for any concert setting.
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot is a straightforward version of the spiritual and also cleverly combines eight
bars of "Deep River" with the melody. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen is a lovely chorale style version of the hymn with some traditional
harmony, and some close, more modern harmony. This arrangement also gives the young quintet a chance to deal
with fermatas occurring within a piece. Wade in the Water is built over a rock tuba line and is a lot of fun to play. Amazing Grace is a flowing, chorale style version of the hymn with some thick harmonies. Go Tell It On The Mountain is sort of a jazzy/bluesy take on the spiritual that would still be appropriate
for a relaxed church service
Listen to Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.
Listen to Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen.
Listen to Wade in the Water.
Listen to Amazing Grace.
Listen to Go Tell It On The Mountain.
Check out the other selections in the "5 Easy" series on sale here.
5 Easy Classical Favorites
5 Easy Dixieland Standards
5 Easy Stephen Foster Songs
5 Easy Christmas Classics