Brass Septet – The 22:21

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piece had its beginnings as a call for scores with 2221 as the
arrangement. Once I worked out what that meant, I pondered for a while
before I came up with a suitable opening motif. This motif forms the
basis of almost the whole work. All of the parts are derived from it and
each linking section has its roots in it.
The piece falls into three sections: Allegro
scherzando, Lento e calmato and Tempo Primo, which is a much varied
reprise of the opening (using a whole tone mode, rather than
This is a challeging piece to
play, both because of the tempo and because of the discords. These
discords are a result of the compositional process and are points of
tension around which the music revolves. Players should not shy away
from them, but ‘lean’ into them, particularly the first two at Lento e
Unfortunately, the mp3 doesn’t do a
good job of the fp effects, nor the glisses at the end of some of the
horn notes, but it will give you an idea of what I wrote.
This is meant to be a challenging piece. But, with a bit of effort, it shouldn’t be beyond most players.
for the title, as with my recently uploaded trio, the title is derived
from a ‘call for scores’ for a 2221 (2tpts, 2hns, 2tbnes and a tuba).
However, it also reflects my feelings about a recent train journey on
Northern Rail, which is probably why it is more discordant than my usual
The tuba has a demanding part, both? going down the bottom of the range and needing fast, clean semiquaver (16ths) playing.
If you are looking for new, interesting music for your concert of more modern music, look no further.
Parts are supplied as follows.
Trumpet 1
Trumpet 2
Horn 1 (F/Eb)
Horn 2 (F/Eb)
Trombone 1 (Bass/Treble clefs)
Trombone 2 Bass/(Treble clefs)

Tuba/Eb Bass (Bass/Treble Clefs)

I make no bones about it, this is a difficult piece, meant for a professional standard ensemble. Enjoy!

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Modern Classical


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