Thursday, February 19, 2009

Geographical Brass Ensembles

Jessica's presentation on Wednesday included the CDs Dallas Trumpets and The London Horn Sound. Both were outstanding recordings, and both have a geographical connection, signifying the unique qualities of the sound styles of those two places.

Our library has a copy, or you can buy Dallas Trumpets online here. On Arkiv music, they also list another recording called Music for Festive Occassions.

The London Horn Sound
is part of a larger series of "London Sound" recordings available on Cala Records. The series includes The London Trumpet Sound and the London Trombone Sound, in addition to cello, double bass and viola ensembles.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Cor de Chasse and English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble

Today we heard a few selections of Cor de Chasse (hunting horn) ensembles. Here is a unique YouTube video synchronizing the tempo of a horn call with the tempo of the horse's hooves.

Here's another featuring a real ensemble

The recording of Italian Renaissence brass music was by the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble. The name of the album was titled Accendo, on the Deux-Elles label.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Moravian Brass and Trombone Shout Bands

Today, I mentioned two rich brass ensemble traditions; Moravian Brass and Trombone Shout Bands. Here are some links and a great video to whet your appetite.
Click below for an inspirational performance by the Sweet Heaven Kings video of their White House Christmas appearance

Check out the inspirational playing at a funeral by The Madison Clouds Shout Band video on YouTube.

Here's a link that brings that allows you to see recording details, and hear samples from a Folkways Recording called Saints' Paradise