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Gomalan Brass Quintet - "Soul Bossa Nova"

Listen to this famous piece by Quincy Jones, "Soul Bossa Nova" played by a brass quintet.

 

Answer the following questions:-

 

1) Which instrument starts this piece and which instruments joins at 29 secs?

2) Name the musical concept that best describes the short repeated phrase heard at the start?

3) Which instrument plays the melody at 1:11?

4) Which film used this as it's main theme?  (Do a google search if you're not sure!)

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Brass Band performing "William Tell Overture" from the film"Brassed Off"

This clip comes from the film "Brassed Off" and features a very well known piece of music by Rossini - "The William Tell Overture".  Originally written for an orchestra, here it is played by a brass band.

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The Trombone - "Don't Stop Believin"

A cover of "Don't Stop Believing" played on the trombone.

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The Trumpet

4 Trumpets play a fanfare called Return to Swords.  Do a little research to find out what a fanfare is and where you might hear it...

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James Morrison playing "Birdland" on trumpet

Listen to this example of a trumpet playing.  The piece is called Birdland and the trumpet solo is played by James Morrison.

 

What do you call it when a musician makes up music on the spot?

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"The Flintstones"

A superb rendition of "The Flinstones" by world famous jazz musician James Morrison.  

 

Answer the following questions:-

 

1) What instrument is the soloist playing?

2) What name is given to the accompanying group of instruments?

3) Name at least 3 other instruments that are performing. 

4) What Italian word best describes the tempo?

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The Tuba - accompanied by a brass band playing "The Teddy Bear's Picnic"

You should recognise this piece from years back - "Teddy Bears Picnic"!  Played on a Tuba and accompanied by a brass band.

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bbc acrobat

Trombone players from the BBC Big Band have fun playing the theme from "The Acrobat".  How many examples of glissando can you hear?!

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The French Horn

A French Horn tribute to the epic film composer - John Williams.  How many film themes can you hear?!

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The French Horn

The French Horn section from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.  Playing the Horn Chorale from "Siegfried" - Wagner.

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BBC National Orchestra of Wales - "Meet the Brass section"

Grant Llewellyn, conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales introduces the Brass section of the orchestra and the instruments that are within the Brass family.

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