A Musician For All Seasons

I want to introduce you to a person that I’ve known for my entire adult life, and as a brass player/musician, you should know also. His name is Joseph Kreines. Joe is the consummate musician. He is first and foremost a conductor. But he is also a pianist, composer and arranger. He is one of the most sought after clinicians in the band and orchestra world, presenting two to three hundred clinics a year with ensembles all over the country. Joe started his career at the University of Chicago, where he received his B.A. in music and was conductor of the orchestra. In 1958 he was chosen for the conducting class at the Tanglewood music festival, along with Zubin Mehta, Claudio Abbado, David Zinman and Gustav Meier. The consensus was, that even at that time he was an outstanding musician. Joe was a Chicago native who grew up with the CSO , Rafael Kubelik and Fritz Reiner, and was a member of the CSO chorus under Margaret Hillis. He moved to Florida in the early 60’s to become associate conductor of the Florida Symphony, Orlando, (where I started) and later associate conductor of the then Gulf Coast Symphony, now the Florida Orchestra.

Joe is one of the best conductors in the world today, and has been a friend and mentor to many musicians, especially brass players, including myself. His arrangements for brass, as you will hear in this month’s mp3 file, are second to none. He has arranged a large number of orchestral works for concert band, many of which are being published by companies such as Boosey and Hawkes. He has a special interest in the music of Percy Grainger and has transcribed many of Grainger’s works for different instruments. He has also written and arranged music for the CSO low brass ensemble, of which I am a member. We have presented these works many times in concerts and clinics.

Joe was the artistic adviser on the 1971 CSO low brass excerpt album, which without his help could not have been possible. Part of the repertoire for that recording were his Bach-Chorale Variations, written for that occasion.

Joe was recently inducted into the Florida Bandmasters hall of fame and he continues to teach and inspire young musicians wherever his travels take him. Below is a list of Joe Kreines’ arrangements for brass ensemble.

BachDas Alte Jahr Vergangen Ist (Brass Choir)$20
BachChorales (Trumpet Choir)$12
BerliozHungarian March (Brass Choir + Percussion)$25
BizetAdagietto from L’Arlesienne$15
BrucknerAve Maria a) Horn Quartet b) Trombone quartet$10 each
Dello JoioThe Portals from “Scenes from the Louvre” for Trombones$10
DukasVillanelle (Solo Horn and Brass Choir)$20
Elgar“Nimrod” from Enigma Variations (Brass Choir)$15
FallaTwo Dances from “The Tree-Cornered Hat (Brass + Percussion)$35
GabrieliOmnes Gentes for Triple Brass Quintet$25
GliereRussian Sailors’ Dance for Brass Choir + Percussion$25
GriegPeer Gynt Suite No. 1 for Brass Quintet$15
Holst“Jupiter” from The Planets (Organ, Brass, Percussion)$30
IsaacA La Bataglia (Brass + Percussion)$25
MascagniIntermezzo from “Cavalleria Rusticana” (Brass Choir)$15
MozartAve Verum Corpus (Brass Choir)$15
Prokofieff3 Excerpts from “Romeo + Juliet” (Brass + Percussion)$30
RavelPavane for a Dead Princess (Brass Choir)$20
RespighiPines of the Appian Way (Organ, Brass, Percussion)$30
Rimsky-KorsakovProcession of Nobles (Brass + Percussion)$25
SchubertSongs for Male Chorus a) Horns b) Trombones$10 each
SibeliusFinlandia (Brass Choir)$25
R. StraussKonigsmarch for Brass + Percussion (organ ad lib)$25
Vaughan WilliamsRhosymedre for Brass Quintet$8
WaltonCrown Imperial (Brass + Percussion – organ ad lib)$30
WoodMannin Veen (Brass + Percussion – organ ad lib)$30
WoodThe Seafarer (Brass + Percussion – organ ad lib)$30

To order, write or call:
Joseph Kreines
635 Auburn Ave.
Melbourne, Florida, 32901