JS Bach : Cello suite no.1 (arranged for Brass quintet)

Product Code : JS Bach_02
The 6 cello suites (BWV1007 – 1012) were not widely known prior to the 20th Century, but during the 1930’s the famous cello virtuoso Pablo Casals began studying them then recorded them. Their popularity soared soon after. The prelude from the first suite is now widely recognised, and has been used in advertising, and films, and has been transcribed for many other solo instruments. We are not aware however of it been transcribed for brass ensemble until now.
Technically we would rate this as intermediate. If the piece is played as a straight solo then this requires great demands of breath control where applicable and phrasing, but we have tried to divide the semiquavers groups between mainly between the 2 trumpets and horn in such a manner that they stay within a comfortable range and without the large harmonic leaps required by a soloist performing this. That been said however although we have removed a great deal of difficulty, some of the semiquaver groups still can’t be described as easy to play especially since there is far less justification to play this at a very slow tempo. We have harmonised this piece to add interest as well as the variation of instruments playing he semiquaver groups that switches throughout the piece. The primary role for the trombone and tuba players is to play the harmony although the remaining players also contribute to this at various stages.
No. of Players : 5 Difficulty : Intermediate Arranged by : Mark Leigh
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In most cases, this is the arrangment being played back using the Sibelius video export facility, but in some cases this is an actual performance by groups commissioned by Undiscovered Brass to actually perform the arrangment.
Cello suite no.1 (arranged for Brass quintet)
Price : £20