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Re: Classicalgeek's (Brannigan's) compositions
« Reply #20 on: October 02, 2021, 12:01:28 PM »
And here's the second piece - a quintet for trumpet and string quartet that I wrote in 1995. It's a little more substantial at 15ish minutes, in three movements (fast-slow-fast). It actually won the 1997 International Trumpet Guild composition contest - a fact of which I was exceedingly proud until I found out there were just two submissions! Still, they liked my piece better than the other composer's entry, so that's something. It was premiered at the same 1996 composition recital as my woodwind quartet piece, and it actually received another performance a couple of years later. Again, the performance is a little scruffy, and the trumpeter wasn't at his best - among other things, he took the high B-natural at the climax of the slow movement down an octave. The trumpeter in the second performance nailed it, but I don't have the audio. Again I've included the version with NotePerformer.

And yes, the end of the slow movement is a deliberate nod to the second Nachtmusik from Mahler 7!  ;D

https://jmbrannigan.bandcamp.com/track/quintet-for-trumpet-and-strings

And the score:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/12bGm7AfZru-566Aea0d9DutWgvYGPzdz/view?usp=sharing

Very nicely done, and congrats on prevailing in the contest!
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Re: Classicalgeek's (Brannigan's) compositions
« Reply #21 on: October 02, 2021, 08:50:23 PM »
Very nicely done, and congrats on prevailing in the contest!

Thank you, Karl, for listening to both pieces. I really appreciate it!!

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Re: Classicalgeek's (Brannigan's) compositions
« Reply #22 on: October 06, 2021, 09:44:53 AM »
I really like it! A lot!! I love the way you've scored those 14 bars... the good-humoured duet in the clarinets, the staccato bassoon in mm. 10-13, the sparing touches of percussion... it all works! Keep on if you like it! I'd love to hear the whole thing when you're done...

I'm giving it some serious consideration - I think it might be fun! Of course I'm still trying to write new music, but maybe orchestrating a new piece will give me inspiration? Thank you for your feedback!

Edited to add: I've orchestrated some Liszt piano pieces (L'Années de Pelerinage, Book I ('Suisse') nos. 1-5.) How could I not score the opening bars of Chapelle de Guillaume Tell for the full brass section? I can share those if there's interest.
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