Rhapsody Noel was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet and premiered on December 10, 2006 at Avery Fisher Hall in a joint concert with the Canadian Brass. Although composed for double brass quintet and percussion, it was transcribed by the composer for brass band in 2007. The piece is based on the following carols: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Joy to the World, Deck the Halls, Angels We Have Heard on High, Good King Wenceslas, Jingle Bells and We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
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Eternal Song (Joseph Turrin)
Eternal Song was written for Chris Jaudes, trumpet soloist and The Salvation Army’s New York Staff Band for a recording project in 2005. The composition is based on the song, Colne. It features a cornet section of six players, which includes Eb Soprano Cornet and five Bb cornets. Accompanying the six cornets are two baritones, three trombones, two euphoniums, Eb Bass, Bb Bass and three percussion. The main tune is introduced by the cornet section and written in a 3/4 jazz waltz style. As the piece develops, it moves out of 3/4 from time to time and expands on some of the rhythmic and melodic qualities of the original hymn tune.
Hymn for Diana (Joseph Turrin)
In the days and weeks following Diana’s death, American freelance composer Joseph Turrin found himself wishing to pay tribute to the Princess and her life’s work. This composition is the result of his desire to express not only his own personal sense of loss but also of hope. While the piece does not seek to convey any particular religious meaning, listeners and performers alike will feel their spirits lifted by the elegant melodies found therein. (Time: 5:30)
American Band Journal 86
- Festive Prelude (Joseph Turrin)
- Trombone Solo – The Perfect Life (Erik Leidzén, arr. Thomas Scheibner)
- Variations – Through the Years (Stephen Bulla)
- Benediction (Dick Krommenhoek, arr. Dorothy Gates)
Philip Smith Trilogy CD
“Trumpet and Piano” features the elegant playing of a young Philip Smith, recent graduate of Juilliard and soon to be appointed member of the Chicago Symphony.
“Escapade” showcases Phil along Bramwell Tovey and the GUS Band at the height of Phil’s prowess.
“Hymns: The Unreleased Tracks” is being released for the first time and gives witness to Philips Smith’s deep Christian faith.
CD Booklet Here.