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Express Train (Express Journey) by Rob Davies

Duration 2:30
Quartet / Quintet (optional bass part)

Possible Instrumentation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part A

 

Part B

 

Part C

 

Part D

 

Part E

 

Trumpet

 

Trumpet

 

Trumpet

 

Trumpet

 

Trombone

 

Cornet

 

Cornet

 

Cornet

 

Cornet

 

Baritone

 

 

 

 

 

French Horn

 

French Horn

 

Tuba

 

 

 

 

 

Tenor Horn

 

Tenor Horn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Minimum Grade Requirements 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Description

 

 

 

 

 

 Express Train is a modern sounding piece for junior brass. It is written for a flexible brass ensemble ranging from a trumpet quartet up to a full brass band. The music represents a large express train as it slowly starts its journey from a station and travels across country and away into the distance. It is written in the style of the great minimalist composers such as John Adams or Philip Glass. The piece has extended chromatic harmony but has a restricted upper register. The range from bottom G up to C in that stave and the ability to be able to read quavers are required to play this piece

 

 

 

 

The piece was written for and performed by a junior brass ensemble under the direction of Robert Davies, an experienced brass teacher and composer.