Title: Quartet for Low Brass
Year Completed: 2010
Duration: 14 mins
Instrumentation: 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Tuba
Credits: Commissioned by Dale Sorensen with funding provided by the Canada Council for the Arts
Premiere: July 18, 2010 University of Prince Edward Island



Purchase/Rent: Canadian Music Centre



The University of Prince Edward Island has produced several accomplished low brass performers. This project brought together UPEI Professor of Brass, Gregory Irvine (tuba), with three former students: Eric Mathis (Associate Principal Trombone, Honolulu Symphony), Bob Nicholson (bass trombone/tuba, Foothills Brass / Charlottetown Festival Orchestra), and Dale Sorensen (trombone, Charlottetown Festival Orchestra; brass instructor, UPEI). These four musicians, while no longer all year-round residents of PEI, get together at least every summer to share their love for low brass by presenting recitals for various combinations of low brass from solo to quartet, often with piano accompaniment.

In three movements:

1) Rounds
2) Smooth Polyphony
3) Cascades


Movement 1 ‘Rounds’ (live performance)
derek charke quartet for low brass

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