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A Spring Suite for Brass Quintet
by John Goode
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A Spring Suite is a modern ode to spring time in three movements. Its chromatic lines and counterpoint represent the chaotic decay and rebirth that embodies the season.
The first movement, Life Flows Forward, begins with a running eighth note line by the French horn playing off the movement’s title. The line, like the season, pulls us forward toward something new and unknown. In The Corruptions of Winter, we hear the often unwelcomed death and decay which is essential for the renewal of life and the recycling of things whose time has come to an end. Like a subterranean anchor punctuating the need for a strong root system the tuba opens movement three, Life Well Rooted. The music argues life is best on a strong, deep foundation.
This piece should be played by a musically mature ensemble due to the frequent chromatics and frequent atonality mixed with independent counterpoint.
Ranges are: Trumpet 1, up to written C# above the staff; Trumpet 2, up to written A above the staff; Horn, from A two ledger lines below the staff to written G# at the top of the staff; Trombone, from G-flat on the bottom line to fourth ledger line B above the staff; Tuba, from B-flat below the staff to fourth space G in the staff. All parts are cued for other instruments in critical areas.
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