Frith, John – THE BIG TOP, a Circus Suite for Brass Quintet
“THE BIG TOP” , is a 12 minute work in 8 movements for Brass Quintet inspired by the excitement, thrill and expectation of the circus. Although Mr. Frith has never attended a circus personally, the magic of them was conveyed to him through television shows and films he watched as a boy .
In 2009 he added to the first movement, “Circus Clowns”, which was composed years before and arranged the entire suite for Brass Quintet.
The 8 movements are titled as follows:
1. CIRCUS CLOWNS
2. THE TRICK CYCLIST
3. PEEP-SHOW PRINCESS
4. ELEPHANTS ON PARADE
5. BARE-BACK RIDER
6. TRAPEZE ARTIST
7. THE TUMBLERS
8. GRAND FINALE