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DiLorenzo, Anthony

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  • Ensemble: Concert Band
  • Genre: Modern Classical
  • Grade: 5
  • Duration: 20.0 minutes
  • Catalog Number: AOS1759

"Chimera", a concerto for Brass Quintet and Band

The version for Brass Quintet and Orchestra may be found here

The Chimera was, according to Greek mythology, a monstrous fire-breathing hybrid creature of Lycia in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey), composed of the parts of more than one animal. It is usually depicted as a lion, with the head of a goat arising from its back, and a tail that might end with a snake's head, and was one of the offspring of Typhon and Echidna and a sibling of such monsters as Cerberus and the Lernaean Hydra.

The term chimera has come to describe any mythical or fictional animal with parts taken from various animals, or to describe anything composed of very disparate parts, or perceived as wildly imaginative, implausible, or dazzling.  The seeing of a Chimera was an omen for disaster.

The composer writes - 

"In the summer of 2006 I began a series of concertos based on Greek Mythology.  The first was titled "Chimera, Concerto for Brass Quintet and Orchestra." The Center City Brass Quintet commissioned this work and premiered it in Tokyo with Conductor Naoto Otomo and the Tokyo Symphony.

Audio is from the Live broadcast of the concert in featuring the Seraph Brass and The Pershings Own Military Band

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Rental includes 1 Tabloid Score and 1 copy of each part unless otherwise noted in parenthesis (x). Where there is a dash in the part names below, those are individual parts per player. Where there is an ampersand, multiple players are shown on the same part.

Quintet Instrumentation

  • Trumpet 1-2 in C
  • Horn
  • Trombone
  • Tuba

Band Instrumentation: 

  • Flute 1-2
  • Oboes 1-2
  • English Horn
  • Clarinets 1-3
  • Bass Clarinet
  • Bassoons 1-2
  • Alto Saxophones 1-2
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • Trumpets 1-3
  • Horn 1-4
  • Trombones 1-2
  • Bass Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • String Bass
  • Harp
  • Timpani
  • Percussion 1-5 (5)

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