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Franzosisches Lied: Est-ce Mars?

Franzosisches Lied
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“Franzosisches Lied: Est-ce Mars?” composed by Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654), was one of the top hits of the 17th Century! This outstanding arrangement by Keith Terrett offers a challenging work from the early Baroque for brass quintet and a great addition to the repertoire. Although the Trombone part has some fast running semi-quavers it is not impossible and should offer a pleasant challenge to performers of all grades.

Samuel Scheidt: Scheidt worked with and knew both Shein and Schutz; with whom he collaborated. These three persona were the leading musical figures of Germany during the early part of the Baroque era. Scheidt composed in excess of one hundred chorales for organ in four parts and over one hundred madrigals for five voices set to sacred texts. He also scored arrangements for numerous mass movements and instrumental dance movements; with only occasional parings all arranged for four or five instruments.

In 1624 Scheidt published the first of three volumes of keyboard music entitled 'Tabulatura Nova'. This collection was a tribute to his teacher Sweelinck (earlier, Sweelinck used the same popular melody, making his own set of 7 variations); and Scheidt included a series of variations on the same song (Est ce Mars). ''Tabulatura Nova" written in 1624, was amongst the most important works of this German organist and organ builder.

It is the first open-scored keyboard music published in Germany. It no longer employed the note-name tabulation or the six line staffs used in both Germany and England during that time. Scheidt served in Halle, Germany the majority of his life, and even during the thirty years war he suffered poverty for a number of years; and the plague during the 1630's. He was the court Kapellmeister from 1609 until 1620 the duties of which continued once again in 1638.

ComposerSamuel Scheidt
ArrangerKeith Terrett
CategoryBrass Quintet
DurationCirca 5mins 35 secs
DifficultyThis piece has difficulty rating of 3.5 on a scale one through 6, with 6 being the hardest. Click here to see how we grade our band sets.
Eb Bass
1st Bb Trumpet
2nd Bb Trumpet
Horn in F
Tenor Trombone
Additional Parts
Eb Horn
Bb Trombone
Bb Bass
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Product Code: SM322

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