Compositions for Chamber Ensembles


and the place was water (piano version)

Travis M. Ramsey

Commissioned by Adam Luker (Madison, WI)

for Adam Luker

trombone solo with piano

GRADE 6+

Three contrasting movements, each to be played on a different trombone: Sorrow moves in wide waves (btb.), River rising–flood (ttb.), All things move toward the light (atb.). Based on the poem Paean to Place by Lorinne Neidecker, this composition confronts the fear, sorrow, and eventually rebuilding that accompanied the June 2008 floods in the midwest. Solo writing for trombone is very difficult, including rapid scalar passages and extended ranges on all three horns. Orchestral parts available for rental, see item 3016.


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and the place was water (orchestra version)

Travis M. Ramsey

Commissioned by Adam Luker (Madison, WI)

for Adam Luker

trombone solo with orchestra

GRADE 6+

Three contrasting movements, each to be played on a different trombone: Sorrow moves in wide waves (btb.), River rising–flood (ttb.), All things move toward the light (atb.). Based on the poem Paean to Place by Lorinne Neidecker, this composition confronts the fear, sorrow, and eventually rebuilding that accompanied the June 2008 floods in the midwest. Solo writing for trombone is very difficult, including rapid scalar passages and extended ranges on all three horns. Also available with piano reduction, see item 3015.


This piece is not available for purchase at this time.


Dark Eyes (piano version)

Traditional

Arranged by Travis M. Ramsey

Commissioned by Tom Lizotte (Cape Elizabeth, ME)

for Mark Manduca (Portland, ME)

trombone solo with piano

GRADE 6

This setting of the familiar Russian folk song begins with an authoritative trombone cadenza, then takes the theme through several variations. The conclusion brings the solo part to a high E-flat. Also available with accompaniment by concert band (gr. 3-4), see item 3013.


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Dark Eyes (band version)

Traditional

Arranged by Travis M. Ramsey

Commissioned by Tom Lizotte (Cape Elizabeth, ME)

for Mark Manduca (Portland, ME)

trombone solo with concert band

GRADE 6

This setting of the familiar Russian folk song begins with an authoritative trombone cadenza, then takes the theme through several variations. The conclusion brings the solo part to a high E-flat. Also available with accompaniment by piano only, see item 3012.

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This piece is available for purchase (we can accept payment using credit or debit cards, Paypal, paper checks, or school purchase orders. Please contact Kenmore Studios for details.


Dark Eyes (orchestra version)

Traditional

Arranged by Travis M. Ramsey

Commissioned by Tom Lizotte (Cape Elizabeth, ME)

for Mark Manduca (Portland, ME)

trombone solo with orchestra

GRADE 6

This setting of the familiar Russian folk song begins with an authoritative trombone cadenza, then takes the theme through several variations. The conclusion brings the solo part to a high E-flat. Also available with concert band or piano accompaniment, see items 3012 and 3013.


This piece is not available for purchase at this time.


datemi pace, o duri miei pensieri

de Rore

Arranged by Travis M. Ramsey

Trombone choir (3 tenor, 1 bass) or quartet

GRADE 4

This setting for four trombones alternates between tutti playing and four-part polyphony. Although the first part does not go higher than G, it does spend much of the piece in a high tessitura. (Other parts are lower.) Suitable for choir or quartet performance.


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Eleven Wacky Little Duets for Brass (horn version)

Travis M. Ramsey

horn in F, bass trombone or tuba

GRADE 5-6

These compositions borrow their language from composers like Bartok and Shostakovich and include (among other things) a march, a fanfare, a scherzo, a chromatic invention, and even a tango. The pieces explore many keys and modes and are a rhythmically challenging. Also available with upper part for tenor trombone, see item 3113.


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Eleven Wacky Little Duets for Brass (tbn./euph. version)

Travis M. Ramsey

tenor trombone, bass trombone/tuba

GRADE 5-6

These compositions borrow their language from composers like Bartok and Shostakovich and include (among other things) a march, a fanfare, a scherzo, a chromatic invention, and even a tango. The pieces explore many keys and modes and are a rhythmically challenging. Also available with upper part for horn in F, see item 3112.


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Flow, my Tears

John Dowland

Arranged by Travis M. Ramsey

trombone solo with piano

GRADE 5

This setting of the madrigal is simple and beautiful, requiring a a variety of articulations and a brief ascent into the higher range (one B required).


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Magnificat for Brass Sextet

J. Bach

Arranged by Travis M. Ramsey

Commissioned by Robert Russell (Portland, ME)

for the Choral Art Society

Brass sextet (3 tpt, hrn, tbn, tba) accompaniment of choral performance

GRADE 6+

Includes the numbers I, II, III, IV, XI, and XII. Three trumpet parts are based on the original Bach parts; horn, trombone, and tuba are somewhat less florid. All parts require professional players. This arrangement serves as the accompaniment for your choral performance. Visit Perform In Color for more information.

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Messiah for Brass Quintet

G. Handel

Arranged by Travis M. Ramsey

Commissioned by Robert Russell (Portland, ME)

for the Choral Art Society

Brass quintet accompaniment of choral performance

GRADE 6+

Includes the opening Sinfonia, And the Glory, O Thou That Tellest, For Unto Us, Glory to God, and the Hallelujah chorus. This arrangement serves as the accompaniment for your choral performance. Recitatives numbers 13-16 may be performed with continuo (not included) before Glory to God. This arrangement serves as the accompaniment to your choral performance. Brass parts require professional-level players. Visit Perform In Color for more information.

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None but the Lonely Heart

P. Tchaikovsky

Arranged by Travis M. Ramsey

Trombone choir (3 tenor, 1 bass)

GRADE 4-5

This is a free, contemporary adaptation of the haunting song by Tchaikovsky for trombones. The first part requires a high C, other parts are less difficult. Suitable for trombone choir or quartet performance.


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O Care, Thou Wilt Despatch Me

T. Weelkes

Arranged by Travis M. Ramsey

Brass quintet

GRADE 4-5

This Renaissance madrigal is surprising chromatic. It opens with slow, staggered entrances with gorgeous suspensions that meander through several tonal areas. Contrasting sections are more rhythmically active and require a variety of articulations.


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Promenade from Pictures at an Exhibition

M. Mussorgsky

Arranged by Travis M. Ramsey

Trombone Choir (4 tenor, 2 bass)

GRADE 3-4

This opening of Mussorgsky’s Pictures for trombone choir will serve as a powerful concert opening! The first part requires a few B-flats and one C; the lowest bass part requires a few pedal tones. Inner parts are much easier.


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Scarlatti Suite

D. Scarlatti

Arranged by Travis M. Ramsey

two tenor trombones

GRADE 5

This collection, adapted from Scarlatti’s keyboard music, may be played as independent pieces or as a suite in concert. Both parts are equally challenging and require a good command of the full range of the instrument.


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Seven Sea Septets

Travis M. Ramsey

fl/picc, ob, cl/bscl, asx, hrn, tbn, tba

GRADE 6

A four movement composition for advanced bands based on Melville’s novel Moby Dick. The first movement, Seven Sea Septets is a set of movements for a unique wind ensemble of Fl/Picc, Ob, Cl/BsCl, Alto Sax, Hrn, Tbn, Tba. Each is written in a different mode and is a sketch about life near the Atlantic (specifically, in Old Orchard Beach, Maine). The movements vary in difficulty, but the piece as a whole is very challenging and depends on seven versatile and sensitive musicians.

This composition is patiently awaiting its premiere. You are welcome to listen to a synthesized rendition by clicking here.
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Slavonic Dance Op. 46, VIII

A. Dvorak

Arranged by Travis M. Ramsey

Trombone choir (3 tenor, 1 bass)

GRADE 5-6

This is a rousing rendition of this famous piece by Dvorak for trombone choir. The first part requires a high B, other parts are less difficult. It is intended for trombone choir performance, as some passages are marked solo, but quartet performance is also possible.


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Prelude and Fugue in C

Travis M. Ramsey

string quartet

A lush prelude and Beethoven-esque fugue for string quartet.

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Peace I Leave With You

Travis M. Ramsey

Commissioned by Lindsey Warren

for Ensemble Zephyrus

SATB chorus plus string quartet (piano version available)

A setting of John 14:27 (Peace I Leave With You...) that blends 16th Century vocal writing with delicately treated modern string writing.


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Be Not Afeard

Travis M. Ramsey

Commissioned by Dr. Robert Russell

for University of Southern Maine Chorale

SATB chorus with 2 flutes and piano (or piano, four hands)

A poignant setting of Calibans speech from The Tempest for SATB choir (some divisi) with piano and two offstage flutes. Modern, ethereal writing glides over the choirs message of hope and courage.


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Sonata

Travis M. Ramsey

Bb Clarinet solo with Piano and Violoncello

5

a three-movement sonata written for a dear friend. Each movement is unique; the first a folk-song, the second a sprightly bagatelle, and the third reminiscent of Debussy.


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My November Guest

Travis M. Ramsey

Soprano solo with Cl, BsCl, Vln, Vla

A poignant setting of the 1917 Robert Frost poem of the same name.


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opus 19

Travis M. Ramsey

piccolo and piano

5-6

Four little pieces for piccolo and piano, in an eclectic but very modern style.


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On Joyful Wing

Travis M. Ramsey

SATB chorus with brass quintet

A setting of the joyous Christmas text by Martin Luther in contrasting sections of imitative counterpoint and rousing chorale.


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On The Night You Were Born

Travis M. Ramsey

Commissioned by Robert Russell

for ChoralART

SSATB with brass quintet

A joyous interpretation of Nancy Tillman's beloved children's book for chorus and brass quintet. The piece is in two movements, a Latin setting of Psalm 139 (upon which her book was inspired) and the text of Tillman's book. Please email well in advance of performances, as each performance will require special permission from the author.


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Gradus ad Parnassum

Travis M. Ramsey

SATB plus audience and brass quintet

A piece about the joy of music and the desire to create it. Also available for Renaissance ensemble of cornetts and sackbuts.


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