Jonathan Pitkin

Five directions for brass ensemble
for 3 tpt, 2 hn, 3 trb, tba

duration: 8 minutes

Five directions for brass ensemble

1. Western Music – Deep South I
2. Downtown
3. Deep South II
4. Going West
5. Up North

Each movement of Anth(rop)ology is based on a certain style of effective writing for brass ensemble, a certain ‘direction’ that brass music has taken over the past few centuries, from Venetian-style fanfare to big band, from English brass band music to the energetic ‘hooks’ of modern pop.

Initially, the different styles are used simply as starting points for more extended musical explorations, but towards the end of the anthropological tour the movements begin to comment on, react to, even inhabit the musical worlds of their ‘found’ material.

Born in 1978, Jonathan Pitkin studied at Christ Church, Oxford and at the Royal Academy of Music under Christopher Brown. As well as receiving a number of performances at the Academy, his music has been played at the Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre and Spitalfields Festival, and he has collaborated in workshops and performances with musicians such as Martyn Brabbins, Jane Manning, Thomas Adès, the BBC Singers and members of the Philharmonia and the London Sinfonietta. In 1998 he attended Karlheinz Stockhausen’s inaugural composition course in Kürten, Germany, and in 2000 spent three months at the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied with Guy Reibel. In 2001 he was awarded the Temple Church Composition Prize for his anthem Hark! a herald voice is calling.

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