Ba-Da-Boom Brass - A new initiative from Superbrass Music. This collection of 30 original compositions and arrangements has been 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 four 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.
The German composer Michael Praetorius collected, arranged and published over 300 dances under the title “Terpsichore” in 1612. The instrumentation of this collection was not specified, and, the limited range of each instrumental part allowed them to be used in a very flexible manner; making use of whatever instruments were available at the time. Over time these pieces have been embraced into the brass ensemble tradition.