Derek Kortepeter-“Curitiba (Original Work for Brass Quintet)”
This piece is the result of the third module of my private composition lessons at UCLA with my mentor/advisor (jazz flutist/avant-garde composer James Newton). For this work, he wanted me to, using my own compositional language, “compose a brass quintet incorporating fanfares, chorales with rhythmical ideas inspired by Brazilian music.” He especially wanted me to draw on the composers Antônio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto for inspiration. What resulted was a piece that Professor Newton himself said was my most mature and professional work/score so far. Enjoy.