As with so many other traditions around the world, brass bands play a significant role at all manner of social events and festivities. It is so often the case that the repertoire for such occasions draws upon the folk dance / folk song traditions of the locality and beyond, but always remaining within a distinct localised musical identity. Dark Eyes, a traditional Russian song is one such example of this.
Part of a collection of thirty original compositions and arrangements entitled Ba-Da-Boom Brass.
Inspired by the heritage and culture of world and historical brass-related styles.
We hope this repertoire will prompt a growing inquisitiveness for brass players of all ages and styles and was created with a brass club or gathering in mind.
Set at a moderate / training band standard, these pieces can be played by a flexi group of mixed brass instruments plus assorted optional percussion.
A minimum of 4 brass players is necessary, but the maximum is limitless.
All 4 brass voices have occasional divisi passages; in these instances more texture and harmonic colour is added.
In the instance of using just four brass players, playing just the top part in each case will provide a cohesive performance.