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Opus 5 for Brass 5 (1986)
Scored for Two Trumpets, Horn, Trombone, and Tuba
8 1/2 minutes

Arne Running has written the following about this quintet: "Like many others who came of age in the 1960s, I could not escape the compelling influence of rock and roll music. On the other hand, my formative years were also influenced by weekly attendance with my family at the local Lutheran church. Opus 5 for Brass 5 reflects both of these influences.

The piece begins with a slow, mysterious, chant-like introduction - reminiscent of the many chorales and hymns I heard as a boy in church. With the entrance of the lyric melody in the solo trumpet, however, the mood, while still 'serious,' begins to shift: the harmonic progression underneath the trumpet line is none other than the well-known "rock and roll" progression heard in nearly every rock tune of the 1950s.

The slow introduction is followed by a boisterous and rollicking Allegro con brio in which the rock and roll harmonic progression is a dominant force. The music here is in fun-loving contrast to the seriousness of the introduction.

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