You Are Good | Israel Houghton | Brass Band
Written for the Melbourne Staff Band, this rocking arrangement has recently been featured by the Australian Southern Territory Youth Band and has been published in that territory’s Music Publishing series. See what they say about the arrangement below.
Israel Houghton’s high energy Praise Song receives an equally high energy treatment from Michael Pilley. Attention to rhythms and articulations will be the key that unlocks the seemingly complex nature of some of the phrases. The style is definitely a rock feel and accordingly the notation is to be played straight; be careful that the opening semi-quavers are measured and don’t become part of a triplet: rhythms need to be ‘tight’ yet melodies must be more sustained. The divisi Euphonium part at 21 requires the players to be accurate with phrasing and pulse to create a ‘seamless’ flow to the part. Bar 41-48 needs to be precise with the overlapping rhythmic motifs ‘locking’ tightly together. This piece can stand alone as a band presentation or be used as an accompaniment to congregational singing.