Since the earliest days of brass instruments, brass ensembles of some type have often been involved in popular music in some way. Whether they were part of Renaissance dance music, Civil War regimental brass bands, dixieland bands, part of big bands of the Swing Era, or rock and roll, brass ensembles have proven to be a versatile and sometimes unique addition to popular music.
Today in class we watched numerous videos for this YouTube playlist. Ranging from Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass to Pink Floyd and Germany's LaBrassBanda. Please share links to any videos or recordings of brass ensembles that fit withing this category.
I also played from an Apple Music playlist called Brass Ensembles in Popular Music which you can listen to as well.
Finally, here is a link to a video of the 1970 premiere of Atom Heart Mother for comparison
The Hamburg-born Dahl (his parents were Swedish) left Germany before World War II and based his musical career in Los Angeles. By 1944 he was working as a regular accompaniest for comedienne Gracie Fields and it was while touring with her that he completed this composition for brass quintet (two trumpets, horn, and two trombones) with optional tuba in Toronto in May, 1944. It is a pivotal work, for it is regarded as not only having been the one in which the composer found his authentic personal voice, but as the source of the modern revival of the brass quintet. It has even been called (by Julian Menken) "... the most outstanding work in brass repertory."
It is a thoroughly American-sounding piece in three
movements, adding up to fifteen minutes. Jazzy figurations merge
seamlessly with Baroque-style gestures in the faster parts. The opening
"Chorale Fantasy" is based on the old German chorale tune "Christ lag in
Todesbanden" (Christ Lay in the Bonds of Death. The joyful second
movement evoked spontaneous applause at the work's premiere, and the
third movement, a fugue, brought only redoubled cheering. In addition to
the old chorale, musical material of the piece includes transcriptions
of the telephone numbers of Universal Studies and composer Gail Kubik, Dahl's friend and the composer of the score for the Gerald McBoing Boing cartoon.