Safado – Brass Quintet


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Commissioned by The U.S. Army Brass Quintet to add some Latin flavor to their programs, this piece features Trumpet 1 and Trombone.  The tumbão bass line in the tuba is difficult as the player rarely plays on the downbeat.

Safado is a somewhat derogatory slang term in Brazilian Portuguese that has no good English translation.  The best I can do is a disembarrassed, lazy, cheapskate-moocher.  Think of this as the safado individual’s theme song.


  • Trumpet 1 & 2
  • Horn in F
  • Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Pandeiro

Difficulty: Difficult


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