Brass Quintet Performance Commissioning Consortium

The composition

It has been suggested that Sy Brandon compose a composition for brass quintet at a professional level. The composition will be composed for 2 trumpets, Horn, trombone, and bass trombone. The bass trombone part will be adapted if necessary so that it could be played on tuba, for those quintets with a tuba instead of bass trombone. The composition will be called
Lexicon II and will have four movements: Ballyhoo, Clandestine, Eerie, and Amok. The idea behind the Lexicon series of compositions is to have the music describe the definition of the movement title. Lexicon II will last about 10 minutes. Below is the first movement. The score is transposed.

Number of participants and cost

  • Cost of participation is free.
  • Each participant should make a commitment to perform the composition at least once during the year following the receipt of score and parts.
  • A minimum of 5 participants are needed to move forward on this project.
  • The score and parts will be delivered as PDF files.
  • Each participant will be listed on the composition as part of the consortium and will have local premiere rights.
  • After one year, the composition will be made available for purchase by the general public. The copyright will remain with Co-op Press.
  • Participants may submit a recording of their performance and be eligible to receive the $100 prize for the best recording submitted.
  • It may be possible for Sy Brandon to attend your performance. Click here for more information about this option.

  • By November 15, 2017 - expression of interest using email link at the bottom of this page.
  • November 30, 2017 - composition emailed to participants

Participants as of 10/30/17:

Tom Izzo - Harmony Brass - Chicago, IL
J. Alden Ford - Trojan Brass Quintet - Troy, AL
Fred Lange - BRASSY! - Sacramento, CA
Doug Peters - Shadyside Brass - Pittsburgh, PA
Tracy Burke - Lancaster Brass Quintet - Lancaster, PA

Promotion of the Commissioning Consortium
Please feel free to use news groups, forums, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin), and word of mouth to recruit participants.

Email us using the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of this page to express interest or to ask questions.