Quantum Variations

Brass Quintet

Grade 5

7 minutes

Premiered by Quantum Brass in Spring 1992, Squires Recital Salon, Virginia Tech.

This was my first chamber work, written for friends that had formed a fantastic group.  More like a fantasia than a theme and variations, all five players will require outstanding breath control and technique.  The slow opening contains all the melodic material in the piece which is developed through a sprightly 6/8, a dramatic adagio, a quick multi-meter treatment, and a brief fugue.  Finally, the piece gallops to a rousing finish with a flourish of fast fingers and double-tongueing!