Sunday / 17:00
Sunday / 17:00

The Brass for Christmas

Sinfonia Varsovia, 272 Grochowska Str, Warsaw
Chamber concert


Trombone quartet

Marek Żwirdowski trombone

Tomasz Światczyński trombone

Mariusz Opaliński trombone

Krzysztof Mucha tuba


Horn quartet

Henryk Kowalewicz French horn

Krzysztof Stencel French horn

Miłosz Żurawicz (ASV) French horn

Mikołaj Gajdzis (ASV) French horn


Brass quintet

Jakub Waszczeniuk trumpet

Jan Harasimowicz trumpet

Henryk Kowalewicz French horn

Marek Żwirdowski trombone

Krzysztof Mucha tuba


Trombone quartet

Jeremiah Clarke Trumpet Tune and March

Pyotr Tchaikovsky Andante cantabile from String quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11

Christmas carols (arr. Rodney Miller, James Erdman):

Good Christian Men, Rejoice

Hark, the Herald Angels Sing

Gesu Bambino

How Brightly Beams the Star


Horn quartet

Johann Sebastian Bach Fugue in C minor from Toccata in D minor BWV 913 (arr. Lowell E. Shaw)

Johann Sebastian Bach Fugue in A minor BWV 947 (arr. Ralph Lockwood)

Brass quintet

Paul Dukas Fanfare preceding the ballet La Peri (arr. Wayne Barrington)

Johann Sebastian Bach Chorale Gloria sei dir gesungen from Cantata Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 140 (arr. Graham Bastable)

Camille Saint-Saëns Gloria in altissimis Deo from Oratorio de Noël, Op. 12 (arr. Graham Bastable)

Anatoly Lyadov Slava v v’ishnikh Bogu, Op. 61, No. 1 (arr. Graham Bastable)

Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov Voskresnïy prichastnïy stikh (Khvalite Gospoda s nebes), Op. 22b, No. 3 (arr. Graham Bastable)

Antonio Vivaldi Propter magnam gloriam from Gloria RV 589 (arr. Graham Bastable)

Johann Sebastian Bach Sicut locutus est from Magnificat BWV 243 (arr. Graham Bastable)

Johann Sebastian Bach Gloria Patri from Magnificat BWV 243 (arr. Graham Bastable)


Silent night (arr. Bill Holcombe)

Adeste fideles (arr. Gian Silvio Lanfri)

Jingle Bells (arr. Gian Silvio Lanfri)

We Wish You A Merry Christmas (arr. Gian Silvio Lanfri)

a choice of Polish Christmas carols

The character of Christmas is based on the opposition between darkness and light, simplicity and majesty, joy and anxiety, earth and heaven. Alongside the gentle and tender sounds of the oboe alluding to the pastoral character of the story and the heavenly sounds of the harp, Christmas would not be complete without the brilliant and lively sounds of brass instruments. It is their part to sing the Gloria joyfully and loudly! We will have a chance to hear their singing at a concert featuring various brass ensembles made up of Sinfonia Varsovia musicians. The program will also include lyrical passages, as “brass” has many facets and can delight us with the softness of Baroque polyphony in Bach’s fugues, the melodiousness of Tchaikovsky’s music, and energetic pop arrangements of American Christmas repertoire.

Łukasz Strusiński