Air des Espagnol

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 joyous stuff; an intelligent, coherent crossover disc, performed with phenomenal punch. Brilliantly recorded too – what’s the point of assembling a collective of virtuoso brass players if they can’t make your ears bleed ?”

Graham Rickson

“Another impressive offering then from Superbrass, and a worthy successor to their excellent debut disc”

Dr. Gavin Dixon

“Under the Spell of Spain defies any category other than: superb.”

Nicholas F. Mondello

“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

“The arrangements all sound fresh, and the playing is beyond reproach.”

Dr. Gavin Dixon
Classical CD Reviews

“The entire programme can be likened to a sumptuous feast, with each track having its own highly delectable and thoroughly satisfying flavour. The CD is surely compulsive listening for all brass and percussion enthusiasts.”

C Brian Buckley
Brass Band World

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