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500-TCS||City of God for trumpet & organ - by Ken Davies (2007) - duration 3 minutes. Commissioned by Earl Turner who requested that this be a "gentle sounding" piece suitable as an offertory solo and be playable by other solo instruments. Premier by Earl Turner at First Presbyterian Church, Pascagoula, MS. .||500X
|KD 105||Antiphonal Music for two trumpets - by Ken Davies (2004) - duration c. 5 minutes. Two scores provided. Three movements. Utilizes spatial effect; players are situated at opposite ends of stage. Reviewed in International Trumpet Guild Journal June 2005 page 87.||105X.mp3
135 ||Brush Strokes for four trumpets - by
Ken Davies (2014) - dur 2:30 |
While some may hear homophonic, parallel melodic fragments, others may hear line drawings done, not in pen and ink, but with the broad strokes of a brush creating aural designs in the air.
|KD 124||Brain Fantasies for horn and two-channel audio (CD)- by Ken Davies (2009) - duration 7:30 - Premiered by Dr. Virginia Thompson, February 2012 at Southeastern Composers League and University of Alabama Huntsville New Music Festival.||124X.mp3
||Sensuous Images for horn and pre-recorded soundscape (CD) by Ken Davies (2014) duration 6:42. First performance (on trombone) September 2014 by the composer at Mississippi University for Women at Columbus.||136-1X.mp3|
for horn and
digital media (CD) - by Ken Davies (2005) - duration 5:00
minutes. One movement. An "easy listening" accessible
piece for all audiences. ||118X.mp3 |
TROMBONE - BASS TROMBONE
141||Soliloquy 2 for solo trombone by Ken Davies (2015) - duration c. 6:10. First performance Oct 2015 by the composer at Tennessee State University at Nashville.||no mp3|
KD 139||Soliloquy 1 for solo trombone by Ken Davies (1991) - duration 3:40. Premiered by Dr. David Loucky at Middle Tennessee State University.||no mp3|
||Sensuous Images for trombone and pre-recorded soundscape (CD) by Ken Davies (2014) duration 6:42 tenor clef. First performance September 2014 by composer at Mississippi University for Women at Columbus.||136X.mp3|
|KD 119||Notasonata for trombone and digital media (CD) - by Ken Davies (2007) - duration c. 9 minutes. Premiered Nov 2008 by the composer at Delta State University, Cleveland, MS. One movement. Fast paced beat driven dynamic work with colorful electronics for upper level trombonist. This is an accessible recital piece for all audiences.||119X.mp3
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|20 Pieces in Changing Meters for Unaccompanied Trombone by Ken Davies (1999) - 32 pages - Range: E2 below staff to B-flat4 above staff (all bass clef) - pre-Bitsch - Uses a variety of 20th century idioms with nearly all time signatures - Suitable for etudes or recital - for upper high school through first year college. View the excerpt for more details and read the review from Online Trombone Journal.||
504 ||Read Tenor Clef Now - 15 etudes for trombone by Ken Davies - (2012) 16 pages - for upper high school to early college - range G2 to Bb4 - pre-Blazhevich - focuses on learning notes without complex rhythms or techniques - paced to progressively cover all key signatures and several meter/time signatures along with some double sharps and double flats - Good companion to 20 Pleces in Changing Meters -||
505 ||Read Alto Clef Now - 14 etudes for trombone - (2012) 16 pages - for upper high school to early college - range C2 to Bb4 - pre-Blazhevich - paced well to progressively cover all key signatures and several meter/time signatures - focuses on learning notes without complex rhythms or techniques.||
122||Three Pieces for bass trombone & piano - by Ken Davies (2008) - duration 10:20. Winner - 2009 Eastern (now American) Trombone Workshop National Composition Competition. Premiered March 2009 by Charlie Vernon at the U.S. Army Band base in Ft. Myer, Virgina (Washington D.C.).||122X.mp3
123||Alpine Pastorale for bass trombone alone - (2009) - duration 2:50. Written for Jonathan Warburton. Premiered by him October 2009 at the Longy School of Music, Cambridge, Massachusetts.||123X.mp3
|KD 128||Crossroads for two trombones & piano - 2011 - duration 7:50 - commissioned by Ben McIlwain as a work that can be quickly rehearsed by a visiting guest trombonist for a recital/clinic - premiered by him with Craig Watson at University of Southern Mississippi at Hattiesburg and with Dr. James C. Lebens for the Canadian premiere at Laval University in Quebec City, both in October 2011.||128X.mp3
104||Milton's Trombones for trombone quartet - (2003) - duration 2:40. Written for The New Orleans Trombone Choir directed by Milton Bush. First performance July 2003 in Metairie. LA.||104X.mp3
106||Quatandre for trombone quartet
- (2004) - duration 7:20.
Premiered by the New Orleans Trombone Choir at the 2005 International Trombone Festival at New Orleans, LA. Mixed meters, hand-popped mouthpiece "percussion," klangfarben rhythm, lush harmonies and more. challenging concert or recital work.
for Five for five
trombones - 2011 - duration 4:56.
A light, unpretentious work suitable for an advanced high school ensemble.
127||Wisconsin Uprising for seven trombones - 2011 - duration 4:00 - features parts for alto and contrabass trombones. First performance by Dr. David Loucky and the MTSU Low Brass in March 2014 at Middle Tennessee State University at Murfreesboro.||127X.mp3
EUPHONIUM - TUBA
140 ||Euphonic Soundscape for euphonium and fixed audio - (2015) - duration 7:52. Commissioned and first performance by Cody Ford April 2016 at Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA. There are harp-like glissandos, random and synthetic scale runs in multiple tuplets, multi-voiced pointalistic filigrees and cascading arpeggiations. sweeping chords harmonically planed along with a few instances of static background atmospheres over which the euphonium soars.||140X.mp3 |
from the Matrix
for euphonium and piano
- by Ken Davies (2008) - duration: c. 12:30. Three movements,
"Matrix," "Lovesong," "Escape." 4-valve euphonium needed (1st &
mvts). Premiered by Cody Ford with Shayla Blake (piano) at Louisiana
Tech University in 2014. Playable also on trombone with F-attachment.
Upper level college
or pro. Range of D2 to C5. This is an accessible recital
piece for all audiences. ||120X.mp3
|KD 504||Read Tenor Clef Now - 15 etudes for euphonium by Ken Davies - (2012) 16 pages - for upper high school to early college - range G2 to Bb4 - paced to progressively cover all key signatures and several meter/time signatures along with some double sharps and double flats - focuses on learning notes without complex rhythms or techniques||
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tuba by Ken Davies
Now available offsite from Cherry Classics Music. Uses a variety of 20th century idioms with nearly all time signatures. intended for the serious private Tuba student at the 11th-12th grade level, though they can also be useful as remedial or preparatory material at the first year college level. Range, technique and rhythmic complexity have been minimized in order to avoid creating too many things for the student to focus on at once. For most students at this level, meter changes and interval structures within a non-tonal context are enough. Technique and range are more than adequately covered in other studies. These fine pieces are more than just studies. They are musical works with a lot of character and should be a part of every Tubist's library.
126||Why Can't My Tuba Be Plastic?
for tuba alone
(2010) - duration 3:04 - 3 pages - a tuba student suggested this title
while "commenting" how heavy his tuba was. Now, such plastic trumpets,
trombones and tubas are now being produced. ||126X.mp3 |
|KD 121||Amazing Grace for tuba & piano
- (arr) traditional/Ken
Davies - (2007) - duration 3 minutes. Commissioned for a
tubist wanting a dixie/gospel version for church.
137||Excursions for tuba or bass trombone & piano - by Ken Davies (1980 revised 2014) duration c. 6:10. Written for Orlando, Florida tubist Jay Mueller for his recital and clinic appearances. The piece makes use of rock rhythms and bass-line melodic material in a harmonic setting based largely on quartal harmonies.||137X.mp3|
|KD 134||Compare and Contrast - duo for euphonium and tuba by Ken Davies - (2014) duration c. 6:15. Composed for tubist, Dr. Joe Alexander. First performance with Dr. Alexander and Cody Ford (euphonium) April 2014 at NACUSA Mid-South concert at Louisiana Tech University at Ruston.||134X.mp3|
|KD 138 ||Colloquium - duo for trombone & tuba (2015) - duration 6:45. Written for tubist Dr. Joe Alexander. First performance April 2015 by Ken Davies and Joe Alexander in recital at Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA.||138X.mp3|
133 ||Collage 2013 for trumpet, trombone and piano. 2013 -
duration 11:20. |
Commissioned by the Mississippi Music Teachers Association. First performance by the Me-We Trio: Jason Bergman (tpt), Ben McIlwain (tbn), Ellen Elder (pno). This one movement, multi-section work consists of short pieces which flow directly from one to another throughout, displaying combinations of instruments as it goes.
130 ||Three Roads Diverged - brass trio
- tpt, hrn, tbn - 2012 - duration 9:06 -
3 mvts: 1) Cobblestone Streets 2) Concrete Forest 3) The Broad Way.
Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken begins with "Two Roads Diverged in a yellow wood." If you consider three instruments, three roads, and three movements, a variety of imaginative program notes might suggest themselves. And that makes all the difference.
102 ||Amplitudes for quartet - 2 tpts, tbn, b.tbn
- (1994) - duration c. 7 minutes. Premiered Nov. 1995 at
University of Colorado at Boulder by Rick Grassler, Leonard Mohlberg,
Ken Davies, Darren McClaury. |
Challenging work for college and above.
107 ||Concert Piece for Brass Quintet and Organ for 2 tpts, hrn, tbn, tuba & organ (2003) - dur. c. 4:00 Feature your favorite church organist with this tonal, neo-baroque, antiphonal crowd pleaser set in the manner of Gabrieli and Die Bänkelsängelieder. First performance by the Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra Brass Quintet with Jeannie Pollard, organ, May 2004 at Redeemer Episcopal Church, Biloxi, MS.||107X.mp3
MIXED ENSEMBLES with BRASS
509||Distant Voices for duo tuba (or bass trombone) & flute by Ken Davies (2015) - three movements duration c. 7 minutes. Composed for tubist Joe Alexander and his flutist wife Mary.||509X.mp3|
|KD 507 ||Around 3 A.M. - for trumpet, alto saxophone, clarinet, piano by Ken Davies (2014) - dur 8:10. Composed for and premiered by Quiet City Chamber Ensemble at Rutgers University in December 2014.||507X.mp3|
ARRANGEMENTS and TRANSCRIPTIONSI wrote most of these in the 1990s for my working brass quartet (2 tpts, tbn, b.tbn) to use for church preludes/postludes, holiday events, etc.
|KD 111||Air from Suite No. 3
tpt, hrn, tbn (F-attach) or 2 tpts and tbn (F-attach)
S. Bach/Ken Davies ||111X
from Suite No.
Trombones (2 tenors, 1 bass) J.
S. Bach/Ken Davies - ||111-3X mp3|
||Benedictus - TRIO - tpt, hrn, tbn or 2 tpts, 1 tbn or 1 tpt, 2 tbns - Thomas Luis de Victoria/Davies. Originally vocal. No dynamics.||116X.mp3|
All are for 2 tpts, tbn, b.tbn. Some scores are in concert pitch.
112 ||America The Beautiful -
Ward/Ken Davies. |
Easy to Moderate, yet lush and pretty. The bass trombone gets a solo in the 2nd verse.
Key of C minor as the popular quintet version. Everyone stays busy, but there are rest periods for all in this 4 minute piece. Requires a good bass trombonist.
114 ||Fantasia No. 21 -
Ward/Ken Davies. duration c. 3/40. An English early baroque
piece. Originally for viols. No dynamics given. Long
but well-paced. ||114X mp3
115 ||Motet: 'Tribulatio et
- Josquin Desprez/Ken Davies |
Slow and easy Renaissance, good as a church prelude.
|115X mp3 |
|KD 113 ||Promenade from 'Pictures At An Exhibition' - Modest Mussorgsky/Ken Davies - For pros. Calls for C trumpets.||113X
This is dignified, solemn
music, originally for 4 trombones. Trumpets are low enough to avoid
too brilliant. The piece works very well with flugels.
Philip Sousa/Ken Davies |
Sousa with only a brass quartet?? Well, it works!!
117 ||Yankee Flag Medley - George M. Cohen/Ken Davies. July 4th Americana with a medley of Yankee Doodle and two George M. Cohen hits: Grand Old Flag & Yankee Doodle Boy. Of course, there's a solo transition of 'Dixie' worked in for y'all in the south!||117X
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