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Theme from the New World Symphony (brass quintet)

Antonin Dvorak's New World Symphony contains a theme called LARGO that is familiar and unmistakable, though possibly most people couldn't name it if they had to.

This piece seems at first glance to be too simple. Each part is only a page, there are only 26 measures in the piece, it seems to be in a simple key.... Ah, but this is precisely the sort of piece that is only simple if you don't mind doing it badly.

Doing it well will require excellent breath support from all players, agreement as to expression (since there are so many long notes that shouldn't be played same volume throughout), and every player will use the full dynamic range of his/her horn. As a romantic piece, there is also ample opportunity for ebb and flow of tempo.

It will also provide a watering hole of smooth sound in a concert program, and should be useful to ensembles of all skill levels.

MP3 sound sample: entire piece (synthesizer/midi).

THEME FROM THE NEW WORLD SYMPHONY, by Antonin Dvorak, arranged by Tom Kirkland for brass quintet consisting of two trumpets, F horn, trombone, and tuba, comes in a pdf file of 445K, with a three-page score, five one-page parts, and a license page, nine pages in all. Performance time should be just over two minutes, to maybe as long as three minutes depending on interpretation.

The majority of our sheet music pieces use electronically-produced demos on the item pages. We would much prefer to use actual recordings, so if you email us a digital recording or link to an online video and we end up using it as a demo on our site (fully credited), we will send you a coupon code good for US$25 toward your next purchase from our site.

Many of our sheet music licenses state that the purchaser does not have the right to record the work. We have modified our policy on this, and unless the license page states that you must obtain permission from a party other than to record the work, we will allow a small number (less than 50) of copies of an audio or video recording of a live performance to be made and distributed and/or posted to a free web site for viewing/listening, so long as, the composer, arranger, and lyricist are credited.


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