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The Yankee Olio

by Ken Austin

Original Cornet Solos from America's Golden Era of brass music. Civil War Serenades, Opera Gems, and Theme and Variations, performed on two original 1860's Eb Cornets, with piano.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Chandler's Jig
0:52 $0.99
2. Una voce poco fa
6:38 $0.99
3. Oft in the Stilly Night
1:58 $0.99
4. Introduction, Theme and Variations
6:28 $0.99
5. Robin Adair
0:59 $0.99
6. The Cornet Polka
1:50 $0.99
7. Grafulla's Favorite Waltz
1:34 $0.99
8. Concertino for Eb Cornet
7:49 $0.99
9. Home! Sweet Home!
3:18 $0.99
10. Oh! Susannah
3:41 $0.99
11. Old Folks at Home
1:47 $0.99
12. The Last Rose of Summer
2:55 $0.99
13. Yankee Doodle with Variations
4:22 $0.99
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Album Notes
Dr. Kenneth Austin has had a unique trumpet career, including performances at the Alaska Festival of Music, onboard a floating stage in New York's East River, and for the Canadian Country Music Awards. The former principal trumpet of the National Symphony Orchestra of Bogota, Colombia, Austin has performed with the Springfield Symphony (Mass), Indianapolis Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, and is currently principal trumpet of the Southwest Symphony and New Philharmonic in Chicago. He has played solo E-flat cornet with the Yankee Brass of New England for eight years and B-flat cornet with the Great Western Rocky Mountain Brass Band for nine years. He holds a Master of Music from Yale University and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the American Conservatory of Music. Ken has been the Director of Instrumental Music at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois since 1991. He and his wife Lynn have three children. Those of you who know historian and conductor Paul Maybery are aware that he loves to talk about the history of American brass bands. In the summer of 2004 while Paul and I were touring with the Yankee Brass, he suggested that I put together a CD of historical cornet music from the mid-nineteenth century-the golden era of the E-flat cornet-performed on a period instrument. The Yankee Brass performs on antiques from this period, so I already had some experience playing on these cantankerous cornets. We discussed the idea-while eating lobster sandwiches in Maine-and Paul's passion and enthusiasm soon rubbed off. I decided to tackle the project.
Paul sent me his unpublished gem, "The Yankee Olio," a collection of fifty E-flat cornet solos with piano accompaniment. This collection represents twenty years of research by Maybery, compiled and arranged from fragments of original brass band music, museum collections, and the libraries of local town brass bands. I selected representative pieces from the mid-nineteenth century for this CD, choosing popular tunes, serenades, opera gems, quick steps, concert solos, and variations that would display the versatility and capabilities of the E-flat bugle and cornet.



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Ned Davies

Bravo, wonderful performances on authentic instruments.
This excellent recording brings back memories of simpler times when brass ruled and Eb cornet players were kings. Congratulations to producers and performers for a wonderful glimpse of past Americana.

Mick Hesse

You really should hear this!
If you have interest at all in cornet music from another century you really want to listen to this CD. Rarely do we get the chance to hear this style music played and I've never heard it done as well! Of all the recordings I've heard, this is one of them. Mr. Austin has complete control of the instrument and his tonal concept and mastery of this bygone era is superb. This is a unique opportunity to hear with today's technology an instrument from an earlier century. Don't miss it!

The Yankee Olio

19th Century Eb Cornet at its best.
The musical selections are varied in style and are a fine representation of 19th century cornet solos. Pretty good mix on the final product, but a bit too much reverb on the soloist at times. Great performance by the artist on instruments which are often disobliging. Perhaps Paul Maybery will publish the collection of works from which these recordings are taken.

Paul Maybery

Yankee Olio Sheet Music Now Available
When Ken Austin and I first discussed this recording project we had no idea of how far it would reach and how much interest it would generate. I had assembled the collection of 50 solos over 20 years. This was and still is as part of the ongoing process of researching and selecting music for the Yankee Brass Band's annual summer residences in New England. "At last." the collection is now available. For those who are interested, you may contact me for more information at