Ray Thompson

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Ray Thompson Music

I am a self-employed musician, arranger, composer and conductor living in Northumberland, United.Kingdom.

My music is a mixture of all sorts:

Wind Quintet: The bulk of my music.
I have been arranging music for wind quintet for some years.
I have arranged a mixture of classical, romantic and modern composers.

My quintet arrangements do not simply transcribe the music giving the top voicing/melody to the flute etc, which many people seem to do. I attempt to move the melody amongst all the players dovetailing it where needed.

I am a horn player and made the decision to write the horn parts(for classical pieces),as Mozart or Beethoven would have written them.(in their sextets/octets etc)

So, the horn parts are written in the key of the piece Eb,G,D,C or whatever, and as far as possible I limit the notes to that of the natural horn (i.e. no valves).

In my opinion this gives a more authentic sound to the music.

Of course, sometimes, if the music needs a particular tenor part/melody or harmony, I will write it for horn. BUT AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, I write for natural horn.

I also provide F horn parts for those players who can't/won't transpose.

I have also noticed that arrangements by other people have the horn player playing fast moving passages in the lower octave.This is difficult to play,doesn't sound very good and doesn't carry!! Far better to give that melody to a low clarinet or the bassoon, or move the melody up an octave.

Available in different instrumental combinations

Horn music: I have transcribed some Dauprat quartets for 4 hns in F.
I have also some arrangements of the classical horn orchestral repertoire.(Rossini,Humperdinck,Mendelssohn)
I have also transcribed some of Mozart's horn duos.

Original Music: I have written both for wind quintet and concert band

Orchestral arrangements/transcriptions of Debussy/Brahms piano pieces.

 Concert/wind band: Music by Handel as well as some original concert band music.

Brass arrangements of the music of William Byrd/Scarlatti/Muffat both for brass quintet and brass choir (dectet).

I also have scores available on my Score Exchange Web Pages: some free and some to purchase.

and also have some scores available on my  sheet music plus site pages.

Score catalogue
30 January 2015, Article
Using Filter with Search
Hi, I'm new to this site. I've tried to use the search function "filter" but nothing happens. For example i want to look up a composer and then filter down using say wind quintet...nothing appears. So I'm left to scroll through the complete list! I ...
30 January 2015, News
Mozart: rondo Alla turca
Now added and live. Great fun to play. I've added extra harmonies.
31 December 2014, News
Mozart Piano Sonatas
Currently working on wind quintet arrangements of some of Mozarts more popular piano sonatas. Current arrangements available here: http://www.scoreexchange.com/profiles/raythompson Now added Rondo Alla Turca "Turkish March" to this site: waiting for ...