Composed in 1974 for the American Brass Quintet, the Eliot Carter Brass Quintet is truly a unique challenge for the performers and the audience alike. For the performers, it is an incredible task to overcome mainly the technical and rhythmical challenges. For the audience the sound-world created by Carter could be something completely new, unusual rather, especially coming from the instruments of a brass quintet.
The composition leaves very little room for the listener to anchor his/her ears on harmonic or melodic segments. The complex rhythms are the real driving force here, thus creating an interesting sonic world.
The work was premiered by the ABQ in London at the Charles Ives Festival and about a month later received its US debut. It is recorded on the ABQ album titled "Classic American Brass."