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Check out our 3 for 2 Offer. For every multiple of 3 purchases, we give you the cheapest arrangement free. Further details on the 'Basket' page, but you also get a free music xml file as well as a PDF for each arrangment purchased! The xml file allows you to either customise the arrangment for your players needs, and also to create a music minus one playback file so your players can practise their own parts at their leisure!.
Undiscovered brass! What is this all about you may ask. Our idea is to create another layer of musical experience for both players and audiences by introducing music that is not normally associated with brass instruments or has had little no previous exposure. The focus is currently on the arrangements for the conventional brass quintet, and 10-piece orchestral brass ensemble.
Tina Edwards explains the concept behind 'Undiscovered Brass'
We have discovered that there is a great deal of music that has not been previously made available for performance by a Brass ensemble, but which we think deserves to be made available to widen the musical experience for both players and audience.
The repertoire has been taken largely from some unusual sources for example from the Cathedral choir choral set of music which has been created by many fine composers some of which many people have probably never heard of - Edward Bairstow or Balfour Gardiner for example, as well as more commonly known composers such as Gabriele Faure and Handel. The project also includes some of the very fine compositions by female composers , Fanny Mendelssohn (Hensel being her married name) for example. Female composers have been vastly overlooked by many people and although the number of female compositions is not particularly large in comparison to their male counterparts, many of their compositions are of an extremely high standard so these have been included in our arrangements.
Our arrangements require the ensemble to recreate a range of musical setups varying from unaccompanied SATB, unaccompanied solo instruments, piano and voice / instrument, right through to combined full choir, organ and orchestra.
One aspect of the project includes the expansion of a solo instrumental composition to share the load among the whole ensemble. One of the reasons for this is to allow a fiendishly difficult piece which is normally only accessible to a virtuosi musician, to be broken down to a level that can be managed more easily to an ensemble – the fugue from Bach's violin sonata in D minor for solo violin is one example of this.
At the other extreme is the reduction from an augmented orchestral composition, an example of this is Schumann's spectacular but difficult concertstuck for 4 horns that includes 12 brass along with the 50 or so string, woodwind and percussion in its original form which we have now made available to a brass chamber group.
In terms of technical difficulty, our arrangements range from easily playable to very difficult, but every effort has been made to reduce the difficulty without compromising the musical structure of each composition.
There are some surprising arrangements in our library for example the first Movement of Mozart's Symphony No.29 which is both very beautiful yet very playable. This has been performed many times by an amateur brass ensemble and has been very well received by the audience and enjoyed by the players.
Our range of pieces provided is as wide as possible and includes works from some unusual combinations, an example of this is the counter tenor aria from Bach's St Mathew passion that includes a solo violin obligato this is again a very beautiful work yet is very accessible to a non-virtuosi ensemble. The 1st movement of Schubert's arpeggione Sonata is another.
Our project's aim is to focus not on the widely available arrangements of G & S for example or other very well-known compositions as good as they are, but instead to concentrate on the many neglected repertoire works and to treat a brass ensemble as a serious chamber group.
We have made a special effort to showcase all the players in the ensemble where possible including the tuba player, and to this end, a number of concerto's and other solo pieces have been made available to demonstrate the ability of each player in an ensemble. These arrangements do not require an extra player to replace the soloist and are intended as entirely "in house" arrangements, all in the original key. They also include suggested cadenzas for the soloist where applicable. This also provides a happy medium between the soloist using a piano accompaniment or having the headache of finding a suitable orchestra or other large ensemble to accompany them.
Whatever your interest or ability -be it an agile die hard determined group desperate for a difficult musical challenge, or a modest ensemble who simply want to play comfortable lovely music, the goal of our project is to provide new arrangements that will cover this technical range and provide new material for concerts that will work for any group.
All our arrangements can be listened to either on this website or directly on Our Undiscovered Brass Youtube channel.
Also, if you still feel uncertain if a particular arrangement will work for your ensemble, then you can download a free sample version of each arrangement from the website which is intended to give you a better idea of if it will work for your ensemble or not.
Once you have decided that you want to purchase one of our arrangements, then you will get BOTH a pdf file AND a MusicXML file.
With the MusicXML file, you can make any appropriate changes to suit your needs, for example, if you have a player that requires a different clef or transposing pitch, or you want to play our arrangement in a different key, then you can change this yourselves.
In order to do this, we recommend that you download a free copy of Musescore using the following link https://musescore.org/en. Please note, that you would not be allowed to then sell this on to others, since this would break the rules!
Also, if any group of musicians likes one of our arrangements, but it is in the wrong format for them, e.g. a Saxophone quartet likes one of our brass Quintet arrangements, then by all means, feel free to purchase this, then re arrange it for your particular group, but with the following stipulation "Please don't try and sell it to anyone else"!! Since this would break all the rules!
One further advantage of purchasing the MusicXML format, is that players in the group can create individual "Music minus one! Playback files, so they can practise their own part, but with a synthesized backing.