Description

Jerome Kern – The Way You Look Tonight

Jerry Ross & Richard Adler – Hernando’s Hideaway       

Will Hudson & Irving Mills – Moonglow

George Shearing – Lullaby of Birdland

Irving Berlin – Cheek to Cheek

The third volume of arrangements for brass quintet features another five classic songs from the Great American Songbook. In penning these arrangements, I have tried to ensure that all five instruments have their ‘moments in the sun’: if not always in each song then certainly throughout the volume itself, which contains a variety of styles and tempi. In this volume I drew heavily on my experience as a dance band arranger, using the tango rhythm in Hernando’s Hideaway, whilst Just The Way You Look Tonight is a quickstep (in other volumes you will find the cha-cha, the slow (or ’modern‘) waltz and other Latin rhythms such as the rhumba and bossa nova).  The other three items in this volume are all swingers, but at different tempi: the slower and groovy Moonglow and the faster Cheek to Cheek bracket the medium swinger Lullaby of Birdland (in this latter arrangement I have shamelessly borrowed from the famous George Shearing version).  

The arrangements are very much designed for public performance: whether as amusing novelties/encores within a concert dominated by more serious music, or perhaps as background music for an event. I hope that brass players of all standards enjoy these arrangements, which demonstrate the sheer beauty of melodic and harmonic invention within the genre.

Felix Rigg

Parts included:

  • Score
  • Trumpet 1 in B-flat
  • Trumpet 2 in B-flat
  • Horn in F
  • Trombone
  • Tuba