The Compositions Performed By The Canadian Brass

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This analysis will focus primarily on the compositions performed by the Canadian Brass. The quintet is internationally known for their excellence in performance as well as their style. The ensemble was formed during the 1970’s in Toronto, Canada by Tubist Charles Daellenbach and trombonist Gene Watts. Their style has a wide range which spans from trademark Baroque to Dixieland tunes as well as new compositions and arrangements created particularly for their style. They’ve been around for more than 40 years and have had many different performers come and go within the ensemble. Having sold over 2 million albums, the Canadian brass has toured all over the world, playing different genres of music. Today, the quintet includes Chuck Daellenbach (tuba), Bernhard Scully (French horn), Achilles Liamakopoulos (trombone), Caleb Hudson (trumpet) as well as Chris Colletti (trumpet). For this paper, I will be focusing on the classical compositions performed by the ensemble. Anyone who has ever attended a live performance of the Canadian Brass would say that they have excellent showmanship, and are quite spontaneous when it comes to humor. I was lucky enough to watch them perform myself at Benaroya Hall in Seattle a few years ago, and I have been a fan ever since.
The first piece I chose was Toccata & Fugue in D minor originally composed by Bach. The intro is by far the most spectacular where I was moved by the range and dynamic contrast. I also liked the deep tones produced by the…

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