Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue (McLean)

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue (McLean)

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Greg McLean

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, for brass quintet and piano  PDF Files only

"Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue," is more than just an old wedding adage. This second quintet for brass, by composer Greg McLean, uses the saying as the basis for musical material in this unique piece that includes piano with the quintet.   

The first movement, "If It Ain't Baroque, Fix It," (something old) is a nod to the great Baroque masters, particularly Bach. It features a lively Baroque style tune, first stated by the piccolo trumpet, then developed throughout.  There is even a brief fugue in the middle.

 Movement two, "Deep Space Six," (something new) is a reference to the Star Trek series Deep Space Nine.  This movement explores more modern dissonances and muted tone colors and uses echo effects to portray a sense of outer space.

The third movement "For the Beauty of the Earth," (something borrowed) is based on the traditional hymn by the same name.
This is a theme and variations that evokes different styles from church piano and pan-diatonicism to Mozart, free chromaticism and new age music.

Movement four, "Swing Shift" (something blue) is a minor-key twelve-bar blues, replete with a well known quote from Edvard Grieg.  This movement will surely make you want to snap your fingers and even includes written jazz solos for French horn and second trumpet, although chord symbols are included for those brave enough to improvise.  - Greg McLean  (BQ-14)

 

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