Valor Brass | Inaugural

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by Valor Brass

This album contains exciting new works and arrangements for brass quintet, combined with virtuosic playing and beautiful organic sound quality.
Genre: Classical: Brass quintet
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Chase Sequence
9:20 album only
2. Four Madrigals: 1. Si ch'io vorrei morire
3:08 album only
3. Four Madrigals: 2. Non piu guerra, pietate
1:44 album only
4. Four Madrigals: 3. Ah, dolente partita
3:29 album only
5. Four Madrigals: 4. Quel augellin che canta
1:35 album only
6. Suite Francaise: 1. Normandie
1:50 album only
7. Suite Francaise: 2. Bretagne
4:11 album only
8. Suite Francaise: 3. Ile de France
1:57 album only
9. Suite Francaise: 4. Alsace Lorraine
4:16 album only
10. Suite Francaise: 5. Provence
3:02 album only
11. Colonial Song
4:44 album only
12. Quintet No. 4 in A-Flat Major, Op. 8: 1. Allegro commodo
6:38 album only
13. Quintet No. 4 in A-Flat Major, Op. 8: 2. Allegro
4:39 album only
14. Quintet No. 4 in A-Flat Major, Op. 8: 3. Andantino
6:23 album only
15. Quintet No. 4 in A-Flat Major, Op. 8: 4. Allegro con brio
6:57 album only
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Album Notes
Valor Brass formed in 2004, while performing as members of "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band in Washington, DC. From the outset, our goal has been to present a diverse range of works for brass quintet in live recital and through educational outreach. We have developed our own sound using a variety of instruments such as cornet, flugelhorn, and combos. This approach allows us to explore a full range of tonal colors and sounds.

Inaugural represents how our group came together and those who helped us along the way. On our first recital we performed Raymond Mase's edition of Four Monteverdi Madrigals and they have appeared on many subsequent programs, along with the music of Viktor Ewald.

We have been fortunate to work with very talented composers and arrangers, such as Tom Holtz, a former tubist with "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band. His arrangements of Milhaud's Suite Francaise and Grainger's Colonial Song showcase his wonderful ear for the brass quintet and his ability to capture the essence of the music. In 2009, we commissioned James Stephenson to compose our first original work for brass quintet. Chase Sequence was premiered at the International Trumpet Guild Conference that same year. Inaugural showcases these three new works and offers a fresh perspective on standard repertoire.



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