Trompete 1 in Es
Trompete 2 in B
Trompete 3 in B
Horn in F/Es
3 Posaunen (im Violin- oder Baßschlüssel)
Tuba in C
'The Strenuous Life' (a Ragtime Two Step) was written in the same year as Joplin's more famous The Entertainer - 1902, and is a tribute to Theodore Roosevelt's famous speech of April 11, 1899 which began with the austere words 'I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, of labour and strife'. One might have expected a minor key rather foursquare musical response from Joplin, but the opposite is the case with one of his most happy-go-lucky pieces showing a sprightly rhythmic lilt. It follows the usual ragtime AA-BB-A-CC-DD form in developing the material in discrete sections, but never returning to the opening theme at the end. This formal compositional structure is the reason that ragtime pieces often appear to finish rather abruptly.
This arrangement was specially made for the album 'Preludes, Rags and Cakewalks' (MPR 005), performed by The Symphonic Brass of London conducted by Eric Crees. All of the transcriptions are new and original, making this a world premiere recording.
Super playing from living legends of the London orchestral brass scene. In these fantastic arrangements its sometimes hard to believe these pieces werent originally scored for brass. The musicianship throughout is second to none and the sound is an absolute treat.
Eric Crees pays his affectionate respects in performances subtly styled, coloured and paced - from the touchingly restrained to the joyfully raucous. Musical authenticity permeates through, understated yet valued in placement and precision. It is a fabulous exploration that deserves the richest of accolades on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
Iwan Fox - 4 Bars Rest - Verdict *****
Eric Crees is one of the most distinguished trombonists, arrangers and educators in the UK. He was Co-Principal Trombone in the London Symphony Orchestra for twenty-seven years and from 2000 until 2020 was Section Principal Trombone with the Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He has played on many of the most iconic film tracks, including the first four 'Star Wars', 'Superman' 1&2, 'Harry Potter' 1,2&3, 'Braveheart', 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' and dozens more.
Eric has taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London since 1977 and in 2014 was awarded two prestigious honours, Conferment to Professor at the Guildhall and the International Trombone Association's Neil Humfeld Award for Teaching Excellence. He is internationally recognised as a conductor and arranger of brass music at the highest level and has been the Musical Director of London Symphony Orchestra Brass and the Brass Soloists of the Royal Opera House and made seven CDs with them, mainly of his own compositions, arrangements and editions. He is now Artistic Director of his own group, The Symphonic Brass of London and has released two albums with them, 'A Bridge across the Pyrenees' and 'Preludes, Rags and Cakewalks'.ic Ocean.
Iwan Fox - 4 Bars Rest - Verdict