Circus Vignettes for Brass Septet

Kramer, Dan



Circus Vignettes is a Brass ensemble piece comprised of several “scenes” one might have expected to encounter at a circus at the height of their popularity. Each vignette seeks to capture a particular feeling, such as the buzzing excitement of arriving at the Circus in At the Midway, the delicateness of witnessing the Flea Circus, the awesome power of The Strongman, and the breathless tension built up during the world-famous Bed of Nails! Some of the vignettes also explore the less savory aspects of the Circus' past, including the macabre showroom of anatomical oddities housed in jars of formaldehyde known as Pickled Punks, and the desire to draw crowds by any means necessary, often cobbling together “real and unique” attractions such as the Fiji Mermaid.

All of the vignettes require some acrobatic ability of each of the players, and performers will find moments throughout the piece in which to showcase their skill. It is recommended to perform the vignettes as a complete work, however some of the movements stand well on their own if desired.

Score and Parts Included: 2 Bb Trumpets, 2 Horns, 2 Trombones, 1 Tuba