composer whose works have been performed by the Empire Brass, the Master
Chorale of Tampa Bay, Meinl’s Tuba Sextet, the
Pemigewasset Choral Society, and the Symphony
Silicon Valley Chorale.
In 1988, the
Empire Brass recorded a Gershwin medley arranged by Frank Denson and Jack
Gale. The medley included “Bess,
You is My Woman”, “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’”,
“It Ain’t Necessarily So”, “My
Man’s Gone Now”, and “Summertime”. Frank’s arrangement of “Summertime”
and “Dance of the Comedians” from The Bartered Bride appeared on the Empire Brass’s Greatest Hits.
In 1990, his
arrangements of “The First Nowell”
and “Joy to the World” turned up on the various-artists
compilation, A DDD Christmas, and
“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, “O Come, All Ye Faithful”
and “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” were included by the Empire
Brass on their album, Joy to the
World: Music of Christmas.
his “Three Folksongs for Four Brass” in 1991, and they were performed
by Meinl’s Tuba Sextet on their 1992
recording, Tuba! Six Tuba Musical Romp.
In 2000, his
arrangements of “The Holly and the Ivy”, “In Dulci Jubilo” and “O
Tannenbaum” appeared on the CD, Christmas with the Master Chorale &
December 2005, the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale made its debut at the
California Theatre in San Jose
with a pair of Frank’s arrangements, “Deck the Halls” and
“Good Christian Men Rejoice”.
The Pemigewasset Choral Society commissioned a piece from
him entitled “Christmas Everywhere” and they gave its premiere
in December 2009. On 9th
December 2010, they performed another work commissioned from Frank for
mixed choir, piano four hands, and two trumpets, as part of their Christmas
concert, Joy to the World!.
For more of
Frank’s arrangements, check out the Empire Brass & Friends’
Make a Joyful Noise or the
various-artists compilation, The
Music of a Victoria Christmas.
Empire Brass recordings
O Come, All Ye Faithful (Frederick
Oakeley/John Francis Wade)
Arranger – Frank Denson
Music of a Victoria Christmas)