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Trumpet Octets
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Bruckner/Marlatt-Prayer and Alleluia (Inveni David) (ENP-TE25126)

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Rating: Medium-Difficult. Inveni David is an offertory and was originally set for male chorus and four trombones. This powerful work opens in F minor and gradually builds to a brilliant F major Alleluia. The antiphonal setting of the 8 trumpets makes this work all the more impressive in a church or concert hall.

Gabrieli, G./Marlatt-Canzon Primi Toni a 8 (ENP-TE23106)

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Rating: Medium. Arranged for 8 trumpets.

Gabrieli, G./Marlatt-Canzon Septimi Toni #2 (ENP-TE23104)

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Rating: Medium-Difficult. Arranged for 8 trumpets.

Gassi, V.-Orinoco Cocoa (ENP-TE26140)

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Rating: Medium-Difficult. Here is a hot little latin number to spice things up. Start with one part cool tune, mix in some lush harmonies, toss in a unison ensemble part, a written solo, a funky intro and voila, an audience favourite. This fun chart has been adapted for 4 trumpets, 4 flugel horns, bass and percussion

Kaisershot, K./Marlatt-Scenes From The Tournament (ENP-TE26142)

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Rating: Medium-Difficult. This is a 5 movement characterization of a medieval jousting tournament scored for 8 trumpets. Beginning with the Fanfare - Call to the Lists, the Parade of the Knights follows setting the stage for the opponents to face off and make ready for battle. Just prior to the action however, the individuals pause for Reflections as they make peace with their respective inner feelings about the possible outcome that may take place. From the opening four bars of The Joust the gauntlet has been thrown down. This is followed by the crucial second pass as Victory is won.  This work is showy and fun to play.

Susato, T./Marlatt-Three Susato Dances from Danserye (ENP-TE979)

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Rating: Easy-Medium. Originally for four recorders, this piece was made famous in the brass world by several arrangements by members of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble of England. The brilliant imitative writing lends itself very well to this new arrangement which has been set for 8 trumpets. Dramatic dynamic contrasts and "echo" writing make this a new found classic for intermediate trumpet ensemble.

Trad. S. African/Marlatt-Siyahamba (ENP-TE2173)

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Rating: Medium. This is a truly unique arrangement for trumpets. This is a traditional South African folksong that has been adapted and arranged for trumpet ensemble and percussion.  The original a capella version seemed a little thin so 5 percussion instruments were added to create the authentic rhythmic backgrounds. This would be an exciting way to open your next concert.

Trad. Spiritual/Marlatt-Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (ENP-TE24118)

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Rating: Medium. In this arrangement, for 8 trumpets and optional percussion, all parts are interesting. The jazz harmonies and use of harmon mutes add a really great colour to this famous tune. This is a flugel horn feature throughout with muted trumpets in an accompanying role. This piece was premiered at the ITG conference in Denver, Colorado.