Afro-american Symphony
by William Grant Still
Brass Band - Digital Sheet Music

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Brass Band Euphonium,Horn,Trombone,Trumpet,Tuba - Level 5 - Digital Download

SKU: A0.1095398

Composed by William Grant Still. Arranged by Richard Decker. 20th Century,Blues,Classical,Contest,Festival,Multicultural,World. 61 pages. Charles Decker Music Press #699415. Published by Charles Decker Music Press (A0.1095398).

This is a brilliant arrangement of the first movement "Longing" of William Grant Still's Afro-American Symphony  for a brass choir of four B-flat trumpets, four horns in F, three trombones, euphonium and tuba. William Grant Still's Afro-American Symphony was one of the most significant classical orchestra compositions of the early 1930s to incorporate African-American folk influences. For William Grant Still the Blues was a distinct African-American musical contribution, separate from the spiritual and popular jazz, and he wanted to incorporate it into a symphonic work based on Western classical symphonic instrumentation and forms. Pair this brass choir arrangement of the first movement "Longing" with the third movement "Humor" also at Charles Decker Music Press to enliven a concert with colorful rhythms, soulful melodies and blues harmonies.

“Decker’s arrangement of ‘Longing’ from William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony is artfully constructed and arranged in such an idiomatic way for all the instruments, that one concert goer couldn’t believe that the piece was an arrangement and not originally composed for brass ensemble. While this arrangement speaks to performers and audiences, it also celebrates the contributions of a truly great Black American composer.”
Mark Kellogg, Eastman Professor of Trombone, Brass Guild Conductor

“The Music of Black Composers Series is a welcome and timely addition to the brass repertoire.
Interesting music, expertly arranged, fun to perform, and well received by audiences. Highly recommended!”
  Wesley Nance, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Eastman School of Music

“I was so pleased to see the great works arranged for brass ensemble by Charles Decker Music Press especially the Music of Black Composers’ Series. It was especially rewarding to perform several of these with Summit Brass and with the students attending the Rafael Mendez Brass institute. Please keep these wonderful settings coming. You have provided the brass world with some real gems.”  Joseph Parisi, Director Summit Brass, Fountain City Brass Band, University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory Wind Ensemble

The Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Denver have purchased the Music of Black Composer Series with Charles Decker Music Press and the summer Rafael Mendez Brass Institute and Eastman School of Music uses the series arrangements in their chamber and brass ensembles music programs. 

See 50+ homogeneous brass editions for trumpet, horn and trombone ensembles and 75+ mixed brass ensemble publications with Charles Decker Music Press at Sheet Music Plus for inexperienced to advanced musicians with music ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary new works for trios, quartets, quintets, brass choir and brass band. Many of the mixed brass ensemble editions include alternate and substitute parts being alternate C trumpet parts for B-flat trumpet parts, flugelhorn/trumpet substitute for horn, horn substitute for trombone and treble clef euphonium substitute for trombone. To see our Music of Black Composers Series enter “Black Composers Series Brass” in the search box at Charles Decker Music Press for 25 arrangements for mixed brass ensembles ranging from early jazz to symphonic works with composers Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, R. Nathaniel Dett, William Grant Still, Will Marion Cook, James Reese Europe, James Johnson and others.

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