Contemporary Music for Brass Quintet
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New music for brass ensemble with the emphasis on accessible.

Richard Wernick was born in Boston and studied with teachers such as Irving Fine, Harold Shapero, Arthur Berger, Ernst Toch, Leon Kirchner, Boris Blacher and Aaron Copland. He taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo, the University of Chicago and in 1996 retired from the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1977, he won the Pulitzer Prize in music for "Visions of Terror and Wonder." His work on this disc was composed for the Chestnut Brass. Leslie Bassett was taught by Ross Lee Finney, Roberto Gerhard, Nadia Boulanger and Arthur Honegger. During World War II, he was a trombonist and arranger with Army bands in the United States, France and Germany. He is the Albert A. Stanley Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Michigan. He also is a Pulitzer Prize winning composer for his Variations for Orchestra. His Brass Quintet on this disc was composed for the Chestnut Brass. Timothy Greatbatch studied music at the University of Pennsylvania with George Crumb, Richard Wernick and George Rochberg. He has also developed a career as a visual artist and is often commissioned to create murals or elaborate wall paintings for both residential and commercial settings. His music on this disc was also commissioned by the Chestnut Brass. Jan Krzywicki was born in Philadelphia and studied with Vincent Persichetti, Elliot Carter, Nadia Boulanger, and Darius Milhaud. Since 1987, he has been a member of the music theory department at Temple University. "Deploration" was composed for the Chestnut Brass. Eric Stokes studied with Dominick Argento and Paul Fetler, among others. From 1961-1988, he served as a Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota, where he founded the University's electronic music program in 1970 and the new music ensemble. He has composed more than 80 compositions including the music on this disc.
Contents:
Leslie Bassett, composer
Brass Quintet
Chestnut Brass Company

Timothy Greatbatch, composer
Scenes from the Brothers Grimm (Book I)
Chestnut Brass Company

Jan Krzywicki, composer
Deploration
Chestnut Brass Company

Eric Stokes, composer
Brazen Cartographies
Chestnut Brass Company

Richard Wernick, composer
Musica Ptolemeica
Chestnut Brass Company

Review:
"I trust I won't offend anyone out there when I say that brass players are the Golden Retrievers of classical music (though further dog analogies might incur wrath). In my experience, brass players are the most approachable of musicians, and are often the most willing to play. The Chestnut Brass Company, a "traditional" quintet, plays fun and plays serious, but always well, on this CD of new quintet works written for them. The Chestnut Brass Company's sense of play is exploited in the final work, Brazen Cartographies by Eric Stokes (b. 1930). Through this four movement work, each apparently an oblique reference to a literary travel locale, Stokes employs a ragtime syncope and bluesy tonality." (Fanfare)
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