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. 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.
Deck the Halls is a spirited arrangement which pairs up different combinations of the quintet (trumpet/trombone,
French horn/tuba, etc.). What Child Is This / Greensleeves is a lush telling of the melody and features the French horn the first time
through and the low brass the second time. Jolly Old St. Nicholas is a playful arrangement that works the group on playing staccato and legato. Jingle Bells is a fun straightforward version of the song and works the quintet on staccato and accents. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is a chorale-style version of the piece which goes in and out of unison and
four-part choir harmony.
Listen to Deck the Halls.
Listen to What Child Is This.
Listen to Jolly Old St. Nicholas.
Listen to Jingle Bells.
Listen to God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.
Check out the other selections in the "5 Easy" series on sale here.
5 Easy Classical Favorites
5 Easy Spirituals
5 Easy Dixieland Standards
5 Easy Stephen Foster Songs