for Large Brass Ensemble – Mattachins
Mattachins, originally an ancient sword dance, was performed by Spanish Mattachines in flamboyant costumes. The melody is anonymous and can be heard in many arrangements including Peter Warlock’s Capriol Suite (1926). This arrangement was a special commission by the Bournemouth Symphonic Brass as part of the education outreach programme of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. It is an arrangement for a brass choir of ten easy-to-play parts with a brass quintet for more advanced players. A tenor drum maintains the steady dance rhythm in the impressive ensemble passages.
Listen to Mattachins on YouTube while you read the follow-along score.
The composer’s arrangement of the Wassail Christmas Carol may also interest you. The carol is another Bournemouth Symphonic Brass commission. This fun and lively arrangement for more advanced players includes solos for each of the five instrumentalists with each verse depicting the individual lyrics, including a yapping dog!
See the full list of publications by the composer including several works for brass solo and ensemble. Across many albums and individual publications, there are more than two-hundred published pieces for solo, accompanied, chamber, vocal, choral instrumental and orchestral works.
Read a list of the complete compositions by Garry Wilkinson with many related links and posts.