Five Sketches in Suit (For trombone quartet+ tuba quartet)
Five Sketches in Suit is an entertaining and educational piece sprouting from a void in
repertoire that has been brought to light by Eric Henson. It is written to showcase a low brass
ensemble, specifically an ensemble at a small university. Since many colleges and universities
have one low brass professor with a studio comprised of students who play trombone,
euphonium, or tuba, this piece was written to give these ensembles engaging music that is not
merely a transcription.
The piece is comprised of five sections, each depicting a part of a deck of playing cards.
(Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds, Jokers, and Spades) These suits each carry their own personalities
and styles which can allow for a very dynamic performance. There are moments of somber
all-encompassing chorales, special effects, beautiful folk-like melodies, up-beat jazz grooves,
non-conventional harmonies, and brass fanfares all wrapped into one piece.
I hope to see the low brass ensemble music repertoire continue to grow, as there are so many
beautiful timbres and techniques that blend so well with this instrumentation. This piece is sure to spark musical creativity to the performers and audience alike. I hope you enjoy rehearsing and performing Five Sketches in Suit as much as I enjoyed composing it.
-Andrew Markel, composer
Written in consortium for:
Eric Henson, Lander University
Nick Sullivan, University of Lethbridge
Dr. Shelby Kifer, Univeristy of Tulsa
Dr. Kenneth Kroesche, Oakland University
Dr. Justin Clarkson, Charleston Southern University
Dr. Stephen Ivany, East Carolina University
Dr. Aaron Wilson, Brandon University
Dr. Adam Frey, University of North Georgia
Fletcher Peacock, University of North Carolina, Asheville
Dr. David Porter, George Mason University
Gerry Pagano, St. Louis Symphony
Dr. Mark Britt, Furman University
Dr. David Vance, University of Saint Mary
Dr. Jason Hausback, Missouri State University
Dr. Douglas Black, Winthrop University