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Jean-Baptiste Lully
Jock McKenzie
£ 28.00 

This piece is part of the music to Moliere’s sharply satirical comédie-ballet “Le Bourgeois Gentil’homme”, with music from Jean-Baptiste Lully. In this simple and effective arrangement by Jock McKenzie the highly decorated solo line was recorded with poise and elegance on the piccolo trumpet by Philip Cobb on the debut Superbrass album, Under the Spell of Spain.

  • 4 Trumpets
  • 1 Horn in F
  • 4 Trombones
  • 1 Tuba
  • 3 Percussion
  • Trumpets 1 & 2 require Piccolo Trumpets in Bb.
  • Percussion section requires: Shaker, Ethnic Drum and Small Bass Drum.




Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687) was born in Florence, Italy. He worked his way up the hierarchy at the palace at Versailles, from kitchen-boy, language teacher, dancer, and finally court composer to the King Louis XIV, the “Sun King”. His duties included supplying music for the most grandiose court entertainments; to this end he, in collaboration with the great playwright Molière, created a new form entitled the “comédie-ballet” such as operas and ballets, to more intimate settings such as music to accompany banquets. This piece is part of the music to Moliere’s sharply satirical comédie-ballet “Le Bourgeois Gentil’homme”. In this simple and effective arrangement by Jock McKenzie the highly decorated solo line was recorded with poise and elegance on the piccolo trumpet by Philip Cobb.

Jock McKenzie studied trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester where he was a joint recipient of the college’s concerto prize. Since 1987 Jock has based his musical career in Hampshire, working as a freelance trumpeter, conductor, composer, arranger and brass teacher. Currently Jock holds the position of Professional Leader (Brass) for Hampshire Music Service and is the Director of the Hampshire County Youth Band. It is the mix of all of these musical roles that has led to Jock establishing a reputation as a leading creator of brass music resources, particularly in the field of education and brass ensemble music.

“This is a wonderfully charismatic disc with playing of the highest quality. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”

David Bremner
The Mouthpiece

“The end result, is a resounding success. This is not a commercial CD, this is education, passion and self belief written in the sleeve notes”

Richard Walker
British Trombone Society

“Every now and again a recording that is both truly outstanding and will have great appeal to brass band listeners appears on the shelves. We are delighted to make it the first recipient of our CD of the Year Editors Award.”

Kenneth Crookston
British Bandsman

“This is absolutely one of the finest and most creative brass ensembles in the world."

Marc Dickman
University of South Florida writing in the International Trombone Association Journal

"Who but the best professionals could live up to this ?... Everything about this disc is to be recommended, the recording is crystal clear and the playing and arranging of the first water”

Dr. Paul Sarcich

“An absorbing selection of refined choices and inspirational highlights. Marvellous."

Keith Ames
The Musician (MU)

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