for Flute, Clarinet or Alto Saxophone with Concert BandPhilip Sparke published a book of etudes, Super Solos in 2008, the third volume in a series for flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone and euphonium. A young German Flutist was so excited by these pieces that his father secretly comissioned an arrangement of three of the etudes. The result is this mini-concerto, containing Little Overture, Berceuse and Molto Perpetuo.Duration: 7:05Recorded on Anglo AR0263 Atlantic Odyssey.
Philip Sparke wrote this march for the famous brass band contest held ever year on Whit Friday in Oldham and Saddleworth. Given the competition's long history (over 120 years), he consciously composed this piece in a very traditional march form. The title, The Conqueror, refers to Alexander the Great's nickname as well as being something every band aspires to be. Duration: 3:00
Trumpet Solo with Wind BandThe lyrics to Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes can be traced to English poet Ben Jonson, a contemporary of Shakespeare. The melody's origin, on the other hand, is not certain. In this three- movement arrangement, Philip Sparke provides the soloist with plenty of substance while respecting the beautiful simplicity of the original tune.Duration: 5:00
Optional SATB Choir. Christmas as celebrated in England is a relatively new tradition dating from the time of Queen Victoria. Her husband Prince Albert was from Germany and he brought many German Christmas traditions with him, including the Christmas tree and Christmas cards, and even carols such as Hark, the Herald Angels Sing. Philip Sparke has however used a varied selection of English melodies to arrange into his "Festival of Carols" . The choir parts correlate with the brass and wind band versions. Duration: 9:35
Saving Private Ryan is certainly one of Steven Spielberg's most powerful films. The brilliant John Williams score creates part of this power. Hymn to the Fallen one of the most powerful and emotional melodies which appears during the closing credits, evokes a feeling of hope and strength amid the overall tone of reverence. Philip Sparke has transcribed this moving work for fanfare band using John Williams original orchestral score as the source. Duration: 7:30
This fast paced piece features some classic Philip Sparke writing combining rhythmic outer sections around a slower central blues interlude. Duration: 3:55
The composer writes:"On March 11th 2011 a massive 9.0- magnitude earthquake occurred off the coast of north-eastern Japan.I'm writing these programme notes barely a week later and the death toll caused by the quake and resulting tsunami already exceeds 6000, with thousands of people still unaccounted for. I have many friends associated with many bands throughout Japan and one of these, Yutaka Nishida, suggested I write a piece to raise money to help those affected by the disaster. I was immediately attracted by the idea and have arranged Cantilena (a brass band piece recently commissioned by the Grenland International Brass Festival, Norway) for wind band, giving it a new title to honour my friends in the Land of the Rising Sun.I will be donating royalties from this piece to the Japanese Red Cross Society Emergency Relief Fund and am delighted to say that my distributors, De Haske, who will generously also donate all net profits from sales of this piece, have pledged a substantial advance payment to the Red Cross so that what little help this project generates can be immediate.It is my sincere wish that this 'Band Aid' project will allow wind bands around the world support the people of Japan, where bands are a way of life for many, in this difficult time".Philip Sparke 04:30
for Oboe and Concert Band. White Light was commissioned by Fumiko Teramoto, oboist with the Musashino Grand Concert Band from Tokyo, Japan. The request was for a moderately slow piece of intermediate difficulty, which include White in the title, as this is her lucky colour. Composer Philip Sparke decided to use this suggestion to write a pice that was both bright and light in terms of harmony, colour and orchestra, with much use of simple major and minor chords and an emphasis on the pure, transparent timbres of the upper woodwinds of the band. He was also keen to capture the essence and history of the oboe as a solo instrument - the piece is pastoral in character and often almost baroque in style. American Grade 3
Extra Score. This work is in three movements which follow each other without a break. The first has driving rhythms with a central cantabile tune; the second is based around a soulful melody and includes the work's two cadenzas; the third is a sort of caccia with the soloist chasing his way to a florid finish.
Score and Parts. This work is in three movements which follow each other without a break. The first has driving rhythms with a central cantabile tune; the second is based around a soulful melody and includes the work's two cadenzas; the third is a sort of caccia with the soloist chasing his way to a florid finish.