Works Ensemble & Chamber Brass Music (1948)

Commissioned by the Juilliard Musical Foundation.

Leonard Bernstein completed his suite of brass pieces on April 8, 1959. They were written for members of the New York Philharmonic and received their premier at Carnegie Hall. The pieces were commissioned by the Juilliard Musical Foundation. This set of pieces is rarely performed as a set and are all influenced by Bernstein's love of jazz.

Leonard Bernstein unquestionably loved dogs, and showed this by writing numerous short pieces with a particular one in mind. Bernstein left us this mini-ode, Rondo for Lifey, dedicated to a skye terrier owned by the composer's friend, actress Judy Holliday. The piece begins with an expressive intro, quickly followed by pervasive staccato phrasing throughout. Elegy for Mippy I and II are popular pieces with his brother Burtie's dog in mind. Mippy I was written for horn and piano. Mippy II is for solo trombone. Tragedy struck Mippy, and each of these pieces help signify the dog's second coming.

Bernstein wrote the brass quartet, Fanfare for Bima, which was scored for trumpet, trombone, horn, and tuba. Bima was Serge Koussevitzky's black cocker spaniel. This fanfare is based on the theme, which was whistled in the Koussevitzky household to call his dog.

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Details

Commissioned by the Juilliard Musical Foundation

(1948) 2 min
World Premiere:
April 8, 1959. Carnegie Hall, New York, NY | Members of the New York Philharmonic
Scoring
Trumpet and Piano
(1948) 2 min
World Premiere:
April 8, 1959. Carnegie Hall, New York, NY | Members of the New York Philharmonic
Scoring
Horn and Piano
(1948) 1 min 45 sec
World Premiere:
April 8, 1959. Carnegie Hall, New York, NY | Members of the New York Philharmonic
Scoring
Trombone solo
(1948) 1 min 30 sec
World Premiere:
April 8, 1959. Carnegie Hall, New York, NY | Members of the New York Philharmonic
Scoring
Tuba and Piano
(1948) 45 sec
World Premiere:
April 8, 1959. Carnegie Hall, New York, NY | Members of the New York Philharmonic
Scoring
Brass quartet (trumpet, horn, trombone, and tuba or bass trombone)

Dedication
"For my brother Burtie"
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Media

Rondo for Lifey Sample

An etching of brass instruments from The Syntagma Musicum by Michael Praetorius, 1620
Praetorius, 1620 (via Wikimedia Commons) Praetorius, 1620 (via Wikimedia Commons)


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