Eight movements based upon delightful songs and singing games from Québec. Written for the Foothills Brass of Calgary at the Sandpoint Festival in 1988. Recorded by them on compact disc for Black Bear Records (BBR 6001T) [25.00]
The score and parts in this edition have been completely re-set using excellent computer-based notation for the standard brass quintet of 2 trumpets in B-flat, horn in F, trombone and tuba. Optionally, the trumpets may double on cornets in the fourth movement and one may double on flugelhorn in the second movement.
Written in 1962 for the Albany (NY) High School Band when the composer was band director. For Pic, 2Fl, Ob, 3Cl, Bn, 4Sx, 2Tp, 2Hn, 2Tb, Eu, Tu, DB, SD, BD, Cym, Tgl, WB. A perusal score is available.
An historic tune played by town musicians (‘Waits’). Often heard at Christmastime as “Past Three O'Clock on a Cold, Frosty Morning”. The music in this version is not the same as the versions for double reeds.
A printed version is available at .
Well-known Canadian folk song. Performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in children's concerts to demonstrate the brass section. For 4Hn, 3Tp, 3Tb, Tu.
A solo for unaccompanied horn in F. Dedicated to Mary Louise MacLean Wood who was my helper when she was an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto. The piece is rhythmically demanding and has a wide range from written G3 to G5.
This is the downloadable version of the work. A pre-printed, paper version is also available.
Boulevard Amble was composed at the request of Jennifer Sadoff Auerbach for the Bocal Majority and Operation O.B.O.E summer workshops. Alternative parts are provided to allow performance by 2 English horns, 2 bassoons and contrabassoon. The difficulty level of the music is moderate.
These are arrangements of two melodies found in "Come 'A Singing Canadian Folk Songs" by Marius Barbeau, et al published in Ottawa by the King's Printer, 1974. 1. 'My Lonely Heart' was collected from Mme. Bolduc of Quebec City in 1918. 2. 'The Jolly Raftsmen' is a lumberman's song from the Ottawa River. This version of 'Jolly Raftsmen' is the first one I made. Later, I set it for 12 woodwinds as 'The Merry Raftsmen'  and for woodwind quintet 'The Jolly Raftsmen' . The work is dedicated to my college room-mate, the Canadian composer and painter, Donald Coakley.
A very short fanfare with rhythmical interest in all three parts based upon a solution to a Su Doku puzzle! The range is limited to low G3 to high D-flat 5. It is dedicated to Rob Parton, my teaching colleague at the Capital University Conservatory of Music.
Five More First Solos contains easy music for new bassoonists. The solos are a bit more challenging than those in The First Six Bassoon Solos [1218A]. The range is from low F (F2) to fifth-line A natural (A3). The piano parts are easy. Meters used are 2/4, 3/4 cut time and 6/8. In addition to whole notes, half notes and quarter notes, eighths, sixteenths and dotted rhythms are used.
No.7 Andantino (0'35) in 6/8 meter
No.8 Moderato (1'35) in Cut time
No.9 Bass Line Minuet (1'15) in 3/4 meter
The First Six Bassoon Solos include easy music for new bassoonists. The solo parts are written within the octave from low F (F2) to open F (F3). The piano parts are easy, too. Rhythms used are whole notes, half notes and quarter notes. Most of the music is smooth. One piece requires staccato quarter notes; another requires tied half notes. Additional, more challenging music can be found in Five More First Solos for bassoon and piano [1218B].
No. 1 Andante (0'48") B-flat major in 4/4 meter
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