Dance of the Manitobans Brass Quintet (Tchaikovsky/arr. Ridenour)
We're sure many of you are familiar with Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's most festive composition, "The Nutcracker". The Nutcracker is based on an old German story about an extremely out of date device, a nutcracker. The story's main character, a Nutcracker, somehow, comes to life and when it does it has the ability to immediately dance nearly flawless ballet - all without any practice whatsoever. As you can see, this story is not realistic at all. Fortunately, there is a similar, nearly parallel story and composition that comes from Canada. We in Canada believe the "great" Tchaikovsky stole his material from us. Guess it's his word against ours. This is a selection from Canada's "The Canuck-cracker", where our brave, westward traveling protagonist Canuckcracker encounters a species of overly friendly Canadians, the Manitobans. It is here that he is warned of the Evil Moose King, should he continue is travels out west across the Canadian Rockies... .
Written for 2 Bb Trumpet, Horn, Trombone and Tuba, your brass quintet will really enjoy this arrangement.