The Nearness Of You- Brass Quintet (2 Tpts., Horn, Tbn.,Tuba)

Composer- Hoagy Carmichael arr.Chidester
Length- 2:48
Difficulty- E
Range- E (Many optional high notes in Trumpet 1)
Endurance- E
Finger technique- E
Counting ability- E
Ensemble difficulty- E

I found this tune interesting to work with because of the repeated, descending melody which I used to “hide” some of the recognizable sections of the piece. A Fantasy is not a literal example of a tune but more of a familiar, yet attention getting way to imply the melody without actually playing it. The only time the melody is played as originally written is at the end in the last Horn solo, and even that changes in the last couple measures.

We have included the following alternate parts-
Substitute Horn in F for Trombone
Substitute Trombone for Horn in F
“In this way the solo is played by the Trombone rather than the Horn”.

If you are looking for a beautiful tune done in a more interesting way, I would suggest that you add this one to your library.

Listen to example-

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