Kleptomania: Pilfered Piano
Arrangements for brass septet:
Pictures at an Exhibition
We are Septura, and we are musical kleptomaniacs.
The brass septet is a brand new invention, and therein lies the root of our compulsion to steal: we have no canon of repertoire, no grand history of great compositions. And so we're inventing one. Like musical Robin Hoods we thieve from the richest ensembles to create a counterfactual history -- a parallel universe in which, in the world of chamber music, the brass septet rules.
Our 4-concert debut London series presents our prize pickings: plunder from pianists, string ensembles, chamber orchestras and singers.
The piano's rich repertoire is tempting for transcribers, and Debussy's Preludes and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition are certainly no exception. Images inspire a huge range of colours from both composers, and using all of the techniques in Septura's vast arsenal these are brightly illuminated.
Septura brings together London's leading players to redefine brass chamber music through the uniquely expressive sound of the brass septet. By creating a canon of transcriptions, arrangements and new commissions for this brand new classical configuration, Septura aims to re-cast the brass ensemble as a serious artistic medium. Septura is is gaining a reputation for engaging audiences with innovative and imaginative programming. The group's members are the leading players of the new generation of British brass musicians, holding principal positions in the London Symphony, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, and BBC Symphony orchestras.