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    Autumn Falling - Peter Meechan

    Autumn Falling is a short tone poem for wind orchestra. The work reflects on autumn in the home city of the composer, Manchester, England - a time where almost everything falls. Leaves falling from trees are normal in autumn time, as is the rain falling from the skies – but it is the later the composer is referring to in the main. Manchester is known as the city that receives the most rainfall in the United Kingdom.

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    Chorals (on Brecht) - Peter Meechan

    Commissioned by Sam Taylor and theSheldon-Williams Jr. and Sr. Concert Band, Regina.Inspired by the short Brecht epigraph at the start of his 1939Svendborg Poems("In the dark times Will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing About the dark times."), Chorales (on Brecht) was written around the time that a concert in my home city of Manchester, UK, was bombed, killing 22 concert goers. The reaction saw the people of Manchester taking to the streets, singing together, listening to poetry – art and love drowned out the darkness.This piece features several small chorales, some reflecting on the dark times we are currently living through, and some painting the optimistic picture of the future that my city showed in the aftermath.

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    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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    ISS Flyover - Peter Meechan

    I.S.S Flyover was written in August 2012, when the International Space Station (I.S.S.) was visible in the sky over my home town of Manchester, UK. This is not an uncommon occurrence (www.heavens-above.com is a useful tool to help you find when the orbit of the I.S.S. passes over), but what was unique about this particular pass was that there would be astronauts carrying out repair work on the outside of the station.The idea that something that seemed to pass so quick in the skies above us juxtaposed with what must have seemed a slow, dangerous journey for the astronaut is what lead me to write this piece.The opening passage is a fast, ostinato driven section; the speed and energy that the I.S.S is perceived from earth. The middle section is desolate and sparse; the astronauts looking down on earth as they slowly orbit around the globe, the loneliness of space. The final section is a return to the original material - this time with even more momentum and drive, provided by the percussion.I.S.S. Flyover was commissioned by a Canadian consortium of: the University of Saskatchewan, Brandon University, the University of Calgary, Harmonie Laval, Memorial University of Newfoundland, the University of Prince Edward Island, the University of Toronto and Anthony Reimer, Calgary, Alberta. The work is dedicated to Darrin Oehlerking who organised the commission consortium.

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    Coogee Funk (Score) (Wind Band/Score) - Gavin Higgins

    Coogee Funk was commissioned by James Gourlay and the Royal Nothern College of Music Wind Orchestra, who gave the premiere at the 2005 Resonances season, Manchester 2005

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    On Winter Hill - Dan Price

    Winter Hill is situated in the North West of England within the West Pennine Moors. It is a popular destination for walkers and on a clear day it offers views across Manchester, Liverpool, Blackpool, the Isle of Man, the Cumbrian Mountains and the Peak District. The hill is well named as there is an ever-present blusteriness even during the summer. On Winter Hill is an evocative concert item for solo euphonium and wind band which tells the story of a journey, in music, to the summit of the hill. The work opens with a quiet ostinato on clarinets which is a musical interpretation of the swirling wind dancing around the peak of the summit. The wind is ever present on the hill and so is the ostinato building in volume and intensity as the journey progresses. The solo line uses modal writing and is fashioned as a 'folksong without words' and gives work a feeling of melancholy and of 'days gone by'. Perhaps the listener can imagine looking out from the side of the hill across the valley towards the now silent chimneys of industry. The summit of the hill is finally reached six bars before Figure G, which is the moment you walk into the wall of wind and sound that takes your breath away for a moment, but gives you an immense sense of achievement. The music here should be full and rich giving the soloist a moment to catch their breath. The work closes at the start of the descent from that moment you step off the peak of the hill and you are already back in a different world.

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    Tuba Concerto (Wind Band Accompaniment) - Edward Gregson

    This work was commissioned by the Besses o’ th’ Barn Band with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain. It was written for, and is dedicated to, John Fletcher, who gave the first performance in Middleton Civic Hall, near Manchester, on 24 April, 1976, with Besses o’ th’ Barn Band conducted by the composer. Another interesting feature about the premi?re was that it was recorded by BBC Television for an Omnibus programme with Andr? Previn as presenter. The concerto exists in three versions: with brass band (1976), orchestra (1978) and wind band (1984).The concerto is in three movements, following the usual, quick-slow-quick pattern: Allegro deciso,Lento e mesto, Allegro giocoso. The first movement has a sonata form shell with two contrasting themes, the first one being rhythmic in character, the second lyrical. There is a reference made in passing to the Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto, but this merges into the other material in the development section.The second movement begins with a chorale, but after the entry of the tuba it leads to a cantabile theme, softly unfolded by the soloist. The opening chorale passage returns, this time briefly on muted brass, and leads to a middle section which is more chromatic in style and soon builds to a powerful climax, where the opening cantabile theme triumphantly returns. The music subsides, returning to the opening chorale and ending peacefully.The finale is light and breezy in style, and is cast in rondo form. After a brief introduction the tuba announces the main rondo theme, which is dance-like and a little jaunty. There are two episodes: the first a broad sweeping tune, the second a slowish waltz and a little jazz-like. After a virtuoso cadenza reference is made to the very opening of the concerto before the work ends with a triumphal flourish.The Tuba Concerto has established itself as one of the main works in the solo tuba repertoire. It has been performed and broadcast in over 40 countries all over the world. There are currently six commercial recordings of the concerto in its various versions.resolution in C major, pointed by a simple but expansive melody towards which the piece has been heading, and ending in a blaze of joyful colour.

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    BEGINNING BAND BOOK No.1 (Score inc. CD) - Edmondson & McGinty

    An affordable collection of concert repertoire for beginning bands; great sight reading material for more advanced bands! Features include: Grade 1 concert band music; Playable with only 1 flute, 2 clarinets, 1 alto saxophone, 2 cornets/trumpets and percussion, up to full instrumentation; Full, complete sound, even without bass clef instruments. The bass clef part in octaves is optional; Both clarinet parts stay below the break; Optional F Horn and Tenor Saxophone parts are written in their best ranges; Bell part for teaching melodic percussion. Contents: Anasazi; Bartok: Folk Song and Dance; The Buglers; Chant and Praise; Chorale and Recessional; Clarinet, Caprice; Echoes; Let's Take a Break; Manchester March; Old MacDonald's Band; Somerset Overture; Those Fabulous Flutes; Two Canadian Folk Songs; Westwind Overture; Yorktown March.

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    BEGINNING BAND BOOK No.1 (Value Set) - Edmondson & McGinty

    Score & one each of the 16 Parts. An affordable collection of concert repertoire for beginning bands; great sight reading material for more advanced bands! Features include: Grade 1 concert band music; Playable with only 1 flute, 2 clarinets, 1 alto saxophone, 2 cornets/trumpets and percussion, up to full instrumentation; Full, complete sound, even without bass clef instruments. The bass clef part in octaves is optional; Both clarinet parts stay below the break; Optional F Horn and Tenor Saxophone parts are written in their best ranges; Bell part for teaching melodic percussion. Contents: Anasazi; Bartok: Folk Song and Dance; The Buglers; Chant and Praise; Chorale and Recessional; Clarinet, Caprice; Echoes; Let's Take a Break; Manchester March; Old MacDonald's Band; Somerset Overture; Those Fabulous Flutes; Two Canadian Folk Songs; Westwind Overture; Yorktown March.

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    Lift Off (Concert Band - Score and Parts) - Meechan, Peter

    Lift Off! is a short suite of descriptive pieces, all inspired by a short flight from Manchester, England to Brussels. In the first movement we hear the engine start, and after the plane has moved into position, it takes off. The second movement depicts the beautiful view of the clouds from above. It all seems timeless and you don't even feel as if you are moving. The last movement starts nervously (I'm not a great flier!), as the plane begins its descent from the sky. However, as we land safely back on earth, the piece ends in a flurry of excitement and triumph, returning to a theme heard in the first movement.