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!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *