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    Prelude and Fanfare - Dan Price

    Prelude and Fanfare takes its inspiration from a piece of NASA video footage, where a camera is attached to a piece of debris and jettisoned into space from the space shuttle.Initially, the camera captures images of the shuttle flying off into the distance and out of sight and images of Earth from outer space, as the debris floats around. The Earth's magnetic field takes hold of the debris and it re-enters the atmosphere, gathering speed and plummeting towards the Earth all the while capturing video images of its journey.The work is a musical reflection of this journey, starting with a ‘weightless' lontano section. At figure A the trombones imitate the magnetic pull of the earth and bring the seemingly abstract musical sounds into a coherent direction.Figure C is a musical representation of the entry into the earth's atmosphere, and the brisk tempo and rhythmic quality of the main theme should convey images of accelerated speed and excitement which eventually climaxes to the inevitable final "thud" of both the musical and documented journey.This musical study explores the use of minimalist techniques and ideas within the confines of the brass band idiom. The overall structure of the piece is based on the shape of a crescendo, starting at the softest level the ensemble is capable of, finishing at the greatest. Within this structure smaller crescendo sections determine the different segments of the overall work.

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  • £89.95

    Purcell Variants - Peter Meechan

    Purcell Variants was originally composed for the Black Dyke Band, and is dedicated to their musical director, Nicholas Childs. It was first performed by the Black Dyke Band on 4th September 2004 at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and has now been transcribed for wind band by the composer.Purcell Variants is based on Purcell's Queen Mary's Funeral Music, which consists of four canzonas (for brass), two elegies and an anthem.The first movement begins by sounding some of Purcell's original music in the trombones and horns, underpinned by a timpani roll with the woodwind articulating the beginnings and endings of the phrases. This leads into a cadenza for trumpet and alto saxophone before the movement heads in different directions, leading us to its mysterious end, where the original music is sounded this time in the 'stabs' of the clarinets and alto saxophone.Originally composed for the funeral of Queen Mary in 1695, Purcell's original funeral music was used later that same year for Purcell's own funeral - he died aged only 34. The second movement is an elegy, inspired by this story. After an introduction (a disjointed last post), the main melody of the movement is introduced by the solo euphonium, with other solo roles for flute, oboe and alto saxophone. This is then taken over by the trumpets who lead us into the middle section of the movement. This is a quasi funeral march, inspired by the image of Purcell's coffin being taken to its final resting point. The main melody returns in the flute, oboe and alto saxophone, this time more elaborated. The movement ends with a snare drum fading away - perhaps a metaphor.The Finale is a fast and furious movement combining thematic material from the two previous movements with new rhythmical ideas. This takes us through to the final passage - the triumphant return of Purcell's original theme.

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    Softly, Softly - Bridget Speigel

    Softly, Softly was originally composed as the signature tune for a BBC Television series about life on the police force. This superb 'big band style' arrangement works brilliantly for wind band and is a lot of fun with suggested choreography instructions to enhance presentation. The title comes from English saying, "Softly, Softly, catch ye monkey".A Fantastic concert opener!

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    Sunrise over Blue Ridge - Dan Price

    Blue Ridge (or The Blue Ridge Mountains) is a mountain range within the larger Appalachian Mountains. The trees growing on the mountainside in this area release hydrocarbons into the atmosphere. The natural haze produced in this process, when the range is viewed from a distance, gives the mountain a distinctive blue-ish colour. Various Indian tribes including Siouan, Manahoacs, Shawnee and Cherokee farmed the mountain-side and fished the Blue Ridge Lake for food, making Blue Ridge their natural homeland.In the early 1600s, western settlers moved into Virginia and Georgia. As their trade and industry increased in size, so did the land they required. This expansion included encroachment into Native American's land which caused frequent hostility between settlers and tribes. Eventually the native inhabitants were pushed further and further into the west and eventually out of the Blue Ridge mountain range. Blue Ridge is now predominantly a tourist area stretching across two national parks, Shenandoah and the Great Smoky Mountains.Sunrise Over Blue Ridge takes its inspiration from the wonderful landscapes which can be seen in this part of the world. This version for Wind Band received its premiere in Carnegie Hall at the New York Wind Band Festival 2010

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    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - Ennio Morricone

    This humourous theatrical arrangement takes a satirical look at the many "spaghetti" Westerns. Ennio Morricone's immortal theme is the basis for a "shoot-out" between "Clint Eastwood" and a "Mexican Bandit", but (un)fortuantely the conductor gets caught in the cross fire! A lot of fun for both band and audience. Ray Farr's arrangement is available scored for brass and wind band.

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    Weird Sisters - Richard Haydn Taylor

    Weird Sisters ‘something wicked this way comes' celebrates the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death and takes its inspiration from Macbeth: Act 4, scene 1.The three witches (Weird Sisters) are stirring the bubbling cauldron, ready for Macbeth's arrival. The second witch says ‘Something wicked this way comes' as Macbeth knocks on the door, to find out his destiny.

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    Where Eagles Sing - Paul Lovatt-Cooper

    The inspiration for this piece came when the composer visited Florida and the Bird Sanctuary in Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom. He was in the audience to see the rare bird's show where he witnessed some fabulous looking and endangered birds that were trained to perform different tricks that wowed the audience. The highlight for him was the conclusion of the show where the most awesome sight greeted us as an American Bald Eagle soared over the audience. That particular breed of Eagle has been a very rare bird of late. With so few in numbers, it nearly became a member of the sad group of animals that are extinct.The host of the show took great delight in informing the audience that the fantastic creature is now officially safe and no longer classed as endangered. This made a great impact on the composer as the Eagle is an amazing bird, huge in size and power and yet so graceful in flight. This piece is everything associated with the Eagle; bold, powerful and graceful and now free to soar and sing in the American homelands.Where Eagles Sing has been hugely successful as a curtain-raiser (or finale) with brass bands around the world and it is hoped that this version for wind band will be just as popular.

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