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for Tony Granados and the Triangle Youth Brass Band
New England Triptych
William Schuman, composer
Drew Fennell, arranger


In 2005, Tony Granados approached me with the idea of arranging William Schuman's New England Triptych for the Triangle Youth Brass Band, which he conducts. I had always liked Chester a great deal, with it's driving rhythmic energy and polytonal interest, but I must admit I was not familiar with the other two pieces in the suite: Be Glad Then, America and When Jesus Wept. So, for me, it was an opportunity to get really up-close-and-personal with some great music I did not know well. I must say that I am now a fan of all three pieces - and particularly Be Glad Then, America.

The Schuman family was very gracious in allowing me to do the arrangements and to subsequently publish them (with the blessing of the Theodore Presser Company). After hearing a couple of performances of the piece, as well as performing Chester with the River City Brass Band and conducting the same with the River City Youth Brass Band, I am wholly convinced that the brass band medium is the perfect outlet for this great music. I feel the sonority of the brass band lends itself so well to projecting the intensity and passion of these hymntunes whose significance to Americans in the late Eighteenth Century cannot be overestimated.

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Brass Band Instrumentation

Soprano Cornet in Eb
Solo Cornet in Bb
1st Cornet in Bb
Repieno Cornet in Bb
2nd Cornet in Bb
3rd Cornet in Bb
Flugelhorn in Bb
1st Horn in Eb*
2nd Horn in Eb*
3rd Horn in Eb*

1st Baritone*
2nd Baritone*
1st Trombone*
2nd Trombone*
3rd Bass Trombone
1st & 2nd Euphonium*
1st & 2nd Tuba in Eb*
3rd & 4th Tuba in Bb*

(4 or 5 players)
Percussion includes:
tubular bells
crash cymbals
snare drum
field drum
bass drum

*Parts for Horn in F as well as parts for Baritone, Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba in bass clef also available.

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