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Young's Brass Quintet No. 1 was composed in 1980 to a commission from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand Brass Quintet. It was first performed (with Young himself playing tuba) in Wanganui and Wellington as part of the first half of an NZSO programme which included Stravinsky's Petrouchka. The following year the work was recorded by the Quintet for the Kiwi Pacific label, along with John Ritchie's Partita and Douglas Lilburn's Quartet for Brass.
In writing this Quintet, Young wanted to composed a more substantial work than was common in the brass quintet repertoire of the time; consequently, it has an almost symphonic breadth.
Commissioned by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
III. Adagio sostenuto
IV. Allegro moderato cantabile
07 Oct 1991: Victoria Brass: Blenheim
09 Oct 1991: Victoria Brass: Motueka
10 Oct 1991: Victoria Brass: Nelson
05 Jun 2006: Performed by the Brass Quintet of the Central Band of the Royal NZ Air Force, Museum of City and Sea, Wellington, 5 June 2006
29 Oct 2010: University of Auckland Brass Quintet
Performers: Albert McKinnon, Michael Gibbs, Edward White, Barney Hamid, Kenneth Young.
Performed by Victor Silverstone (trumpet), Michael Kirgan (trumpet), Austin Hitchcock (horn), Douglas Cross (trombone), and Tom McCaslin (tuba) at Music Theatre of the University of Auckland, Auckland, in 2006