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Along with a concerted effort to commission new works for brass quintet over the last sixty years the bulk of any brass quintet's repertoire consists of arrangements of pre-existing music. Victor Ewald's four brass quintets are the first serious attempts at establishing a repertoire for the ensemble, though they do not stand up to typical string quartet repertoire of the same and preceding eras. The Chicago and New York Brass Quintets made sustained efforts to commission new works, and much of the original repertoire for brass quintet from the mid-20th century derives from their groundbreaking work. In the 1960s the mantle of creating a repertoire for brass quintet was taken up by the American Brass Quintet. But it was Canadian Brass that developed the pragmatic approach to repertoire that has set the standard. They developed a two prong approach to performance,developing a masterpiece approach to repertoire that popularized the brass quintet as an ensemble. Meanwhile, the ensemble has been pursuing an aggressive 45-year commissioning schedule. Though this ensemble is seldom recognized for its achievement in the contemporary sphere, they have created well over 100 newly composed works for brass quintet.

It is generally agreed amongst brass players that the tuba is the best choice for brass quintets, with the ability to play smaller instruments such as bass trombone or baritone for certain repertoire such as Renaissance. The American Brass Quintet uses bass trombone instead of tuba, and their extensive commissioning has validated use of this instrumentation. It is not uncommon for composers to write interchangeable parts for tuba and bass trombone to enable both types of quintets to perform their work.

Brass Quintet Repertoire[edit]

  • Bruce Adolphe, Triskelion
  • Albert Ahlstrom, Treelight
  • Gilbert Amy, Relais
  • Malcolm Arnold, Quintet For Brass, Op. 73
  • Daniel Asia, Brass Quintet
  • Milton Babbitt, Counterparts
  • Jan Bach, Laudes
  • Jan Bach, Triptych
  • Jason Bahr, Divergence
  • Jason Bahr, Eagle Fanfare
  • Drew Baker, Kiln for brass quintet & piano
  • Leonardo Balada, Mosaics
  • Stephen Barber, Multiples Points on View of a Fanfare
  • Stephen Barber, Gone Is the River
  • Spiros Mazis, "Brass Quintet No 1"
  • Edward Barnes, Variations for Brass Quintet
  • Samuel Baron, Impressions of a Parade
  • Greg Bartholomew, Voyageur Suite
  • Robert Beaser, Brass Quintet
  • Irwin Bazelon, Brass Quintet
  • Luciano Berio, Call
  • Harrison Birtwistle, "Chorale from a Toy Shop"
  • Derek Bourgeois, Sonata for Brass Quintet
  • Henry Brant, The Fourth Millennium
  • Robert Bennett, Arabesque
  • Lauren Bernofsky, "The Duxbury Fanfare"
  • Lauren Bernofsky, "Fanfare"
  • Lauren Bernofsky, "Musica Solaris"
  • Lauren Bernofsky, "Passacaglia"
  • Lauren Bernofsky, "Suite for Brass Quintet"
  • Leonard Bernstein, Dance Suite for Brass Quintet
  • Larry Bitensky, For Then and Now for brass quintet
  • William Bolcom, Quintet
  • Darijan Božič, Kriki (The Cries)
  • Eugene Bozza, Bis
  • Eugene Bozza, Quintet for Brass
  • Alvin Brehm, Quintet for Brass
  • Timothy Broege, Brass Quintet No. 2
  • Howard J. Buss, Concord, Chromatic Fantasy, Sonic Fables (brass quintet & one percussion), Sonata K.380/Scarlatti,D. (arrangement)
  • Morley Calvert, Occasional Suite
  • Morley Calvert, Suite from the Monteregian Hills
  • Elliott Carter, Brass Quintet
  • Elliott Carter, A Fantasy about Purcell's "Fantasia upon One Note"
  • Robert Chastain, Quintet for Brass Instruments
  • John Cheetham, Brass Menagerie
  • John Cheetham, Scherzo
  • Christopher Coletti, Bach's Bells
  • Jack Cooper, Fives Scenes for Brass Quintet
  • Louis Coyner, Eolith No. 4 for Brass Quintet
  • Asa Daniel, Brass Quintet
  • Georges Delerue, Vitrail
  • Carl Della Peruti, Sounding for Brass Quintet
  • Robert Dennis, Blackbird Variations
  • Anthony DiLorenzo, Fire Dance
  • Kathleen Ditmer, Tonqueues
  • Lucia Dlugoszewski, Angels of the Inmost Heaven
  • Jacob Druckman, Other Voices
  • Jack Curtis Dubowsky, Brass Quintet No. 1
  • Jack Curtis Dubowsky, Due North
  • Amy Dunker, Convocation Fanfare
  • Jack End, 3 Salutations
  • Donald Erb, Three Pieces for Brass Quintet
  • Donald Erb, The St. Valentine's Day Brass Quintet
  • Alvin Etler, Quintet
  • Alvin Etler, Sonic Sequence
  • Victor Ewald, Quintet no. 1 in B flat minor (Op. 5)
  • Victor Ewald, Quintet no. 2 in E flat major (Op. 6)
  • Victor Ewald, Quintet no. 3 in D flat major (Op. 7)
  • Victor Ewald, Quintet no. 4 in A flat major (Op. 8)
  • Eric Ewazen, Colchester Fantasy
  • Eric Ewazen, Frost Fire
  • Eric Ewazen, Western Fanfare
  • Brian Felder, Canzone XXXI
  • Brian Fennelly, Brass Quintet No. 3 (Velvet and Spice)
  • Brian Fennelly, Locking Horns-Brass Quintet No. 2
  • Brian Fennelly, Prelude And Elegy For Brass Quintet
  • Myron Fink, A Suite of Antiques
  • Jason Forsythe, Sanctity
  • Malcolm Forsyth, Golyardes' Grounde"
  • Lukas Foss, Night Music for John Lennon In Memory of December 8, 1980, for brass quintet and orchestra
  • Kenneth Fuchs, Fire, Ice, and Summer Bronze
  • Jack Gallagher, Toccata for Brass Quintet
  • Jack Gallagher, Celebration and Reflection
  • Elliot Goldenthal, Brass Quintet No. 2
  • Daniel Grabois, Zen Monkey
  • John Halle, Softshoe
  • Piers Hellawell, Sound Carvings from the Bell Foundry
  • Howard Hersh, "Tag!"
  • Anders Hillborg, Brass Quintet
  • Edward Hirschman, Four Bridges
  • Alun Hoddinott, Ritornelli 2
  • Vagn Holmboe, Quintet No 1, Op. 79
  • Vagn Holmboe, Quintet No 2, Op. 136
  • Eres Holz, Vier Schatten
  • Josef Horowitz, Music Hall Suite
  • Eric Hudes, Pentateuch
  • John Huggler, Quintet
  • Jason Huffman, Christmas Tree
  • Karel Husa, Divertimento
  • Karel Husa, Landscapes
  • Edward Jacobs, Passed Time
  • David A. Jaffe, "Descent into Flatland"
  • Phillip Johnston, Sleeping Beauty
  • Collier Jones, Four Movements for Five Brass
  • Michael Kamen, Quintet
  • Sonny Kompanek, Killer Tango
  • Peter Korn, Prelude and Scherzo
  • Kyle Lane, Sonata for Brass Quintet
  • Michel Leclerc, Par Monts et Paul Vaux
  • Tania León, Saoko
  • Edwin London, Brass Quintet
  • Witold Lutoslawski, Fanfare for CUBE
  • Witold Lutoslawski, Mini Overture
  • Frederik Magle, Intermezzo for Brass Quintet
  • Frederik Magle, Lys på din vej (Light on your path) for brass quintet and organ
  • Francis McBeth, 4 Frescos
  • Kevin McKee, Escape
  • Kevin McKee, Vuelta del Fuego
  • John Melby, 91 Plus 5 for brass quintet and computer
  • Robert Nagel, This Old Man March
  • Clint Needham, Abstract Mosaics
  • Per Nørgård, Vision
  • Leroy Osmon, "Introduction and Allegro"
  • Hermeto Pascoal, Timbrando
  • Vincent Persichetti, Parable
  • Tom Pierson, Brass Quintet
  • Anthony Plog, 4 Sketches for Brass Quintet (Quintet #1)
  • Anthony Plog, Mini-Suite for Brass Quintet
  • Anthony Plog, Mosaics for Brass Quintet (Quintet #2)
  • Anthony Plog, Animal Ditties 7 for Brass Quintet
  • Howard Quilling, Four Pieces for Five Brass
  • Wilke Renwick, Dance
  • Belinda Reynolds, Weave
  • Verne Reynolds, Suite
  • Brandon Ridenour, Brass Quintet
  • Brandon Ridenour, Lament
  • Brandon Ridenour, Fanfare for Muriel
  • Peter Robles, Transcendent Tones, Fractured Forms
  • Ned Rorem, Diversions
  • Steven Sacco, Quintet for Brass
  • David Sampson, Distant Voices
  • David Sampson, Entrance
  • David Sampson, Morning Music
  • David Sampson, Strata (originally Quintet 99)
  • Peter Schickele, Hornsmoke
  • Adam Schoenberg, Reflecting Light
  • William Schmidt, Variations on a Negro Folksong
  • William Schuman, American Hymn
  • Elliott Schwartz, Three Movements
  • Ralph Shapey, Brass Quintet
  • Ralph Shapey, Fanfares
  • Alexander Shchetynsky, On the Eve
  • Faye-Ellen Silverman, Kalends
  • Faye-Ellen Silverman, Quantum Quintet
  • Reynold Simpson, Brass Quintet
  • David Snow, Dance Movements
  • Juan María Solare, Heroes of a Forgotten Kingdom
  • Juan María Solare, Handwritten Runes
  • Juan María Solare, Affirmation
  • Juan María Solare, Hymn to Commitment
  • Robert Starer, Evanescence
  • Raymond Stewart, OK Chorale
  • Robert Stewart, Quintet No. 2
  • Robert Stewart, Three Pieces for the American Brass Quintet
  • William Susman, The Heavens Above
  • Elias Tannenbaum, Patterns and Improvisations for BQ and Tape
  • Elias Tannenbaum, Structures
  • Michael Tilson Thomas, Street Song
  • Virgil Thomson, Family Portrait
  • Bramwell Tovey, Manhattan Music, for brass quintet and orchestra or wind ensemble
  • Bramwell Tovey, Santa Barbara Sonata
  • George Tsontakis, Brass Quintet
  • George Tsontakis, Hansel
  • Joseph Turrin, Fanfare for Five for brass quintet
  • Joseph Turrin, Soundscapes for brass quintet
  • Joseph Turrin, Solarium for brass quartet and piano
  • Joseph Turrin, Sketches for brass quintet
  • Vladimir Ussachevsky, Anniversary Variations
  • Vladimir Ussachevsky, Dialogues and Contrasts for Brass Quintet and Tape
  • George Theophilus Walker, Music for Brass (Sacred and Profane)
  • Dan Welcher, Brass Quintet
  • Charles Whittenberg, Triptych
  • Alec Wilder, Jazz Suite for brass quintet
  • Natalie Williams, Land of the Ages
  • Charles Wuorinen, Brass Quintet
  • Norman Yamada, Mundane Dissatisfactions
  • Carolyn Yarnell, Slade
  • John Zorn, Pulcinella
  • Ramon Zupko, Masques for brass quintet and piano
  • Joseph Harkins, "Quintet No. 1 in Bflat Major"

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