Quintet for Brass — Mvt. IV. Nuts

Instrumentation
  • 2 trumpets in C, French horn, trombone, tuba
Duration
c. 12'15
Listen to a recording
Iowa Brass Quintet | from CD 'Americana: A University of Iowa Celebration'
Information on the sheet music
Reviews | Comments

...  an exciting work of four movements that is charged with energy and momentum from the beginning...  the freshest brass quintet sound this reviewer has ever heard...  it has the daring of  Eric Ewazen's Colchester Fantasy, the melodic gifts of John Cheetham's Brass Menagerie, and the intricacies of Jan Bach's Laudes all in one convenient package...  Grant never resorts to gimmicks to achieve an effect...  challenging but straightforward in standard notation...  the score and parts are easy to read and Grant has thoughtfully configured the pages in each part to avoid awkward page turns.. . challenging, exciting...  accessible to different kinds of audiences and gives enough back to the performer to make the effort worthwhile. 

T.U.B.A. Journal | Winter 1996 

Commissioned by
  • Constitution Brass Quintet, Johnson, VT | Millikin University Brass Quintet, Decatur, IL | Iowa Brass Quintet, Iowa City, IA.
Year of composition
1996
Program note

Quintet for Brass is the result of a consortium commission from three brass quintets:  the Constitution Brass Quintet from Johnson, VT; the Millikin University Brass Quintet from Decatur, IL; and the Iowa Brass Quintet from Iowa City, IA.  The music is dedicated with thanks to all fifteen musicians.

The first movement, Greetings, assaults the listener with a blustery, urgent narrative featuring wild leaps in all of the instruments as they explore the complete dynamic and pitch range of the brass quintet.

The second movement, Holding Forth, is an arrangement for brass quintet of the genial second movements from “Three Furies for Tuba and Orchestra” (1995), a tuba concerto which in itself is an orchestral expansion of “Three Furies for Solo Tuba” (1993).  The tuba “holds forth” in no uncertain terms.

The third movement, Changes, captures the spirit of the brass chorale expressed in the language of jazz.

The final movement, Nuts, is marked “pretty damn crazy” and is just that.