Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden (Psalm 117)- Antiphonal, Double Brass Quartet (Tpts. 1,2, 3,4,Tbns. 1,2,3,4)

Composer- J. S.Bach/trans.Chidester

Length- 6:07

Difficulty- M

Range- M

Endurance- M

Finger technique-  M

Counting ability- MD

Ensemble difficulty- MD

 

This is the Twenty-second in a series of arrangements composed/arr./trans. for use in Solo/Ensemble contests and will help fill the need for new material for competing middle school and high school players. Each of these ensembles are selected to show the very best qualities of your ensemble and through careful editing, each has a professional sound with only an average playing ability.

This vocal number is one of the best examples of the undeniable gift J.S.Bach had when composing counterpoint. Not only is this a fantastic number, it also sounds better (in my opinion) as an antiphonal brass number than it does as a vocal number.

This arrangement could not be performed by one brass quartet because of the incredible length, but alternating two quartets turns this into a fantastic brass offering. There is plenty of time for playing as well as resting in this arrangement.

This arrangement could be performed in its entirety or each of the three sections could be performed as individual compositions for each section has a strong beginning as well as a very powerful cadence.

The recorded example includes only the first and second section because of time limitations of the posted material. The third section is more up-tempo with plenty of instrument like runs, showing off all of the performers.

Do yourself and your listeners a favor and download a copy of this arrangement for you will not be disappointed.

 

Listen to the example-

 

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