Brass Quintet Critique of Emily – Part 2

The following video lesson is the second video that covers the chart done by Laurent Rinaldi on Emily for brass quintet. The video is about 20 minutes long and I still didn’t get to everything I wanted to get to, but you can study each score below and listen and find things on your own that you can use for your own purposes.

Click here to view part 1 of this critique.

The important thing is to take away some main points and ingrain them into your brain for future arrangements.


1) Always be in control of where you want players to breathe by constructing your lines and phrases to force them to breathe where YOU choose. In this instance, rests can be as important as notes because you do not want players dropping out voices in the chords by having to breathe.

2) Include as many chord tones as possible spread out throughout all the parts. Doubling is fine in unison parts, but try to avoid doubling notes of chords in a small ensemble such as the brass quintet. Moving lines also help cover as many chord tones as possible if they fall on strong beats.

3) This ensemble has NO rhythm section, so lines must be written to move the music forward. Tuba can emulate a bass player with simply rhythmic figures if needed.

4) If trumpets get too high, the balance within the ensemble can get out of whack. Work up to high notes with lines wherever possible. This helps the players confidence by making it easier to move into the upper register.

5) Look for harmonic chord substitutions (i.e. tritone subs) wherever possible. This allows for more inner voice movement and more interesting harmonic progressions.

6) Always keep the concept of span, weight, and density in mind. If you don’t know what that is, there is a video on this site that explains the concept. Or get Dick Grove’s book on arranging. It’s a tremendous resource and a superb book on arranging.

7) When constructing moving lines, always strive to make them as stepwise as possible. Unless its the melody, large leaps should be avoided.

8) I’m sure there are more, but study the scores and come up with your own!

Listen and View Laurent’s Chart below

      1. Emily5tet.mp3

Listen and View MY Arrangement

      2. Emily.mp3

Video Critique of M. 17-End

Click on upper right corner of player to expand to full screen mode!

5 Replies to “Brass Quintet Critique of Emily – Part 2”

  1. Jim Martin

    Thanks Laurent! It was fun, and sorry it took so long to get done. See if you can get it played by your brass quintet.

  2. Jim Martin

    Cool, when you get a recording send it over and I’ll post to this page with a link back to their website (if they have one)

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