Brass from 2013
New syllabuses for Horn, Eb Horn, Baritone/Euphonium and Tuba will be published in July 2012, taking effect from 1 January 2013.
We consulted amongst brass teachers to gain views and advice on repertoire additions as well as favourites to be retained. The new syllabuses reflect many of these suggestions.
More instrument-specific pieces now feature on the new syllabuses and a selection of pieces from the brass band repertoire now appear in the higher grades.
As well as looking at the four brass syllabuses individually, we have worked to ensure that there is parity and consistency across the instruments. A number of publications have been set on all four syllabuses, providing welcome news to those teaching cross-brass, in groups.
In support of the new syllabuses, we are excited to announce a new series of cross-brass publications called Shining Brass. Publishing in July 2012, this series features two volumes, catering for Grades 1–3 and Grades 4 & 5, and providing syllabus pieces on all three lists (A, B and C).
Written by composers particularly associated with brass, such as Philip Sparke, Lucy Pankhurst and Peter Meechan, the books cater for treble-clef, bass-clef and Eb tuba bass-clef readers. For each book there are three piano accompaniment books available separately, for use with Eb, Bb and F instruments.
Each part book comes with 2 CDs containing a single full performance of each piece (played variously by Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, or Eb Tuba) and complete backing tracks recorded from the Bb, Eb and F piano accompaniment books.
ABRSM is also publishing a book of new compositions for horn and piano entitled Principal Horn in July 2012. This is a single collection of superb repertoire pieces and studies for more advanced Horn players.
Covering Grades 6–8, it contains 13 pieces in a variety of attractive styles, specially commissioned from three of the finest composers of Horn music working today – Richard Bissill, John Frith and Timothy Jackson.
New ABRSM publications will be available to buy from music retailers worldwide and online at www.abrsm.org/shop.