David Dzubay: Music for Brass
David Dzubay's brass music combines visceral excitement and superb compositional craft to create works that are enjoyable on first hearing and revealing upon deeper experience. A trumpet player himself, Dzubay writes with the kind of virtuosity born of intimate experience, yet with a contrapuntal and formal mastery that are anything but 'performer's music'. After the brief opening fanfare that begins this disc, Dzubay's early Brass Quintet No. 1 opens with an unlikely habañera, and the surprises continue throughout this remarkable disc. Manhattan Brass (formerly, the Manhattan Brass Quintet) is is an ensemble made up of five virtuoso soloists. Throughout its history the quintet has commissioned and premiered the works of a wide range of composers, including jazz greats Wynton Marsalis and Paquito D'Rivera. On this recording, Dzubay's St. Vitus' Dance is a Manhattan Brass commission, given its premiere recording.
Antiphonal Fanfare No. 2 (2006) for trumpet, horn and trombone
Brass Quintet No. 1 (1988); Acrostic Variations (1998) for brass quintet
Solus 1 (1990) for horn
St. Vitus' Dance (2003) for brass quintet