Friday, April 15, 2016

Beautiful Music and a Correct Title

Keeping up with the ongoing theme of finding different mixed ensembles as well as today's current theme of the (sometimes incorrectly titled) brass septet, one more piece to be featured today is an arrangement of Anton Bruckner's version of Ave Maria for brass septet (specifically three trumpets, three trombones, and tuba).

While this version saddens my soul as there is no horn present in this ensemble the performance is exquisite with all the necessary soft and delicate playing heard here.  Bruckner is one of my personal favorite composers and this arrangement works well for brass, as does most vocal arrangements, since brass and vocal ensembles have the common purpose and design to blend in well with each part or voice.  In addition to the excellent blend, the intonation, entrances, and articulations are smooth and well done on the part of the performers.

Here is a link to the full performance.

1 comment:

  1. I agree John. Have you heard Bruckner's setting of Locus Iste? It's gorgeous and I have done it with horn quartet in the past. The voicing and range is really perfect for horns. I bet it would be incredible with huge brass choir.