Corrections added by Brassworks 4 Publishing are in italics
Volume 38 Number 3 - Spring 2011
This arrangement of Exultate justi by Lodovico da Viadana is scored for brass quartet—two b-flat trumpets, trombone, and euphonium. Translated from the Latin as “Rejoice in the Lord,” this sacred Renaissance motet is most often performed in SATB a capella choral settings. Viadana uses frequent imitation and voice pairing to enrich the polyphonic texture of this piece. The arranger includes frequent breath marks, dynamics, and articulations to guide players for an effective instrumental performance of this work.
Musically, this piece offers many opportunities for cadential phrases and beautiful melodic lines. Technically, it presents some ensemble challenges, especially to perform the imitation and frequent cadences effectively. The dynamics, polyphonic texture, metric changes, and rhythmic figures also need group as well as individual preparation for a convincing performance.
Italian composer, choirmaster, and teacher Lodovico da Viadana (c. 1560–1627) was one of the first important musicians to use figured bass. This technique signaled the end of the Renaissance era and the beginning of the Baroque period. Viadana was known for figured bass largely because he employed it in a widely distributed set of sacred pieces, published in 1602 in Venice. Arranger Randy Snyder is a music educator and professional trumpet player in the Houston area where he now chairs the Fine Arts Department at San Jacinto College-North. A number of his other works are available from Brassworks 4 Publishing.
The euphonium part encompasses a range of one and a half octaves, from A-flat to e-flat1. This publication includes the euphonium part in both treble and bass clefs and a substitute horn part for the trombone line to allow players to experiment with different instrumental combinations as a contrast to the frequent quartet of two trumpets and two trombones. All parts and the score are computer-generated, have conveniently placed measure numbers, and very legible.
Similarly to his other quarter arrangement found in this column, both are highly functional and useful for a variety of occasions.
~Daniel Johnson, University of North Carolina Wilmington