There's just something essential and even sensual about good blast from the brass.
A good brass fanfare stirs up the patriot in a listener, squeezing the pride gland and building an expectation and appreciation of something greater that self. It so often bubbles up into an emotion that can't be choked down or swallowed. A good brass ballad leads a listener through emotional valleys and to the base of the mountain, where it expresses the deep groanings of the reluctant but enslaved climber. Good brass is like the muscle of the soul, empowering the listener into the unknown, the challenging, and to the limits of strength. It is emotional and spiritual, patriotic and paternal, masculine and moving.
These are the feelings I felt when listening to the music of The Pentaphonic Brass, a fine European brass ensemble of five. In their picture we see a tuba, a 2 trumpets, a French horn, and a trombone, and their members; Peter Buscher, Thomas Gerstel, Brent Burgers, Andreas Deichmann, and Joseph Bartz. But in their music we are encountered by the power of their education, practice, and passion for their art.
In reviewing this fine brass group one could quote technical sources for definitions of their name:
According to Wikiopeida:
A pentatonic scale is a musical scale or mode with five notes per octave in contrast to a heptatonic (seven note) scale such as the major scale and minor scale. Pentatonic scales are very common and are found all over the world. They are divided into those with semitones (hemitonic) and those without (anhemitonic).
Examples of use of pentatonic scales include Celtic folk music, Hungarian folk music, West African music, African-American spirituals, Gospel music, American folk music, Jazz, American blues music, rock music, Sami joiksinging, children's song, the music of ancient Greece and the Greek traditional music and songs from Epirus, Northwest Greece, music ofSouthern Albania, folk songs of peoples of the Middle Volga area (such as the Mari, the Chuvash and Tatars), the tuning of the Ethiopian krar and the Indonesian gamelan, Philippine kulintang, Native American music, melodies o of Korea, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, China and Vietnam (including the folk music of these countries), the Andean music, the Afro-Caribbean tradition, Polish highlanders from the Tatra Mountains, and Western Impressionistic composers such as French composer Claude Debussy
Or quote the much simpler Urban Dictionary for an easier picture:
“The use of 5 sound sources in surround sound applications”
But those definitions don’t really help a potential listener get to the point of decision about their music.
On their website (http://www.pentaphonic-brass.de/) they explain their diversity of performace as including all musical styles; from Bach, Bizel, Handel, Mozart, and Wagner. And then they add the names of Jazz masters Cole Porter, Glenn Miller, and Bernstein and Gershwin. (Listen to their sound on https://soundcloud.com/pentaphonic_brass/ .)
Then they also want to perform and promote quintet compositions by Eric Ewazen, Victor Ewald, and John Cheetham.
What a pleasure to have all this good eating on one performance plate, live in concert or on a recording. What a meal! Not fast food but a healthy feast of deep satisfying music that not only soothes the savage breast but enriches the soul.
Nice work, gentleman. Keep playing and keep feeding your hungry audiences.