Brother James' Air — brass quintet
by Todd Marchand
Brass Quintet - Digital Sheet Music

Item Number: 22542448
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Brother James' Air — brass quintet
by Todd Marchand
Brass Quintet - Digital Sheet Music

Item Number: 22542448
4.6 out of 5 Customer Rating
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Brass Quintet Horn,Trombone,Trumpet,Tuba - Level 3 - Digital Download

SKU: A0.1261270

Composed by J.L. Macbeth Bain. Arranged by Todd Marchand. 19th Century,Christian,Folk,Sacred,Traditional. 16 pages. Con Spirito Music #854340. Published by Con Spirito Music (A0.1261270).

"Brother James' Air" was composed by James Leith Macbeth Bain (1860-1925), a Scottish-born poet, author, mystic, and healer whose ministry took him to Liverpool and London, where he became known simply as "Brother James." 

The tune is often sung to the metrical paraphrase of Psalm 23, "The Lord's My Shepherd," by the Puritan religious author and English politician Francis Rous (c. 1581-1659), published in his The Psalms of David set forth in English meeter (1643). 

The angular, highly arpeggiated tune in bar form (AAB) is both stark and lovely, rising and falling before ascending to a high tonic cadence in its final phrase. Its harmonic simplicity — consisting primarily of I, IV, and V chords — lends itself to alternate harmonizations with substitute chords.

Following a short introduction, this arrangement presents the tune four times: first, alternating between the two trumpets; second, by trio of horn, trombone, and tuba; third, in minor tonality (reflecting the psalm's verse 4 and the text's paraphrase, "Yea, though I walk thro' death’s dark vale"); and fourth, with powerful extended harmonies and surprise cadences resolving to a quiet, peaceful conclusion.  

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