Last night was the Iowa Brass Quintet concert. After a whirlwind tour, it was great to come back and have a really strong concert. Besides playing a couple Gabrielli pieces, we played an interesting piece by Jan Koetsier. Has anyone ever heard of him? He is a Dutch composer and conductor. I had not heard of him but apparently he was really popular in Germany. Despite the fact he was a Nazi, he still wrote some good music! The piece we performed was called Quintetto Lirico. In it's three movements, it has the elements of a waltz, a march, a jazz tune, counterpoint and is all and all a great piece. I really enjoyed playing with Iowa Brass this year--it was a scary/humbling/fun learning experience and I hope to have many more like it. Maybe my next post will be about Koetsier. Has anyone ever played one of his quintets?