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    PERIHELION: CLOSER TO THE SUN (Brass Band Set)

    Perihelion was commissioned by the Cory Band as their own-choice piece for the 2013 European Brass Band Championships, held in Oslo, Norway. Cory MD Philip Harper had asked for a ‘Concerto for Band’ to fully exploit his outstanding band of virtuosi, and composer Philip Sparke created a one-movement work with contiguous sections, first featuring horns and flugel, then trombones followed by cornets and a slower central section for percussion and baritones, euphonium and basses. The piece is abstract in nature, without a specific programme, and the title merely reflects the fact that the piece was begun on January 2nd 2013, the day of Earth’s perihelion – the point in its orbit when it is closest to the sun. It could also be argued that the piece weaves between moments of brilliant optimism and dark shadow, both of which can be the result of bright sunshine. Duration: 19:10. Recorded on Anglo Music CD AR029-3 Perihelion: Closer to the Sun.

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    SORCERER'S APPRENTICE, The (Brass Band)

    French composer Paul Dukas wrote his symphonic poem, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, between 1896 and 1897. Subtitled ‘Scherzo after a ballad by Goethe’, the piece was inspired by Goethe's 1797 poem of the same name. By far the most performed and recorded of Dukas' works, perhaps it’s most notable appearance was in the Walt Disney animated film Fantasia from 1940, which led to the piece becoming widely known to audiences outside the classical concert hall.. The original orchestral work is some 10 minutes in length, however this brass band transcription has been abridged to create a more manageable 6-minute work, yet retains the urgency, magic and colour of the original. 

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    MANCHESTER CONCERTINO (Cornet Solo with Brass Band)

    Manchester Concertino is a concertino in three movements for cornet and brass band. It was written in late summer/early autumn in, as the title suggests, Manchester, UK. The first movement, Fanfare, was written for Belgian cornetist Harmen Vanhoorne, and explores the main musical idea behind the piece, a minor third. The loud fanfare gives way to a cadenza over a timpani roll, before a reprise of the opening fanfare. The second movement, Dream, was commissioned by Keith Johnson and is dedicated to Jess Tredrea. It is a slow, lilting, movement – almost as if the listener was hearing the piece through a summer haze. The final movement is simply titled Finale and is dedicated to Roger Webster. New material is fused with the fanfare from the opening movement leading to a climatic finish to the work. Duration: 10:30. Recorded on Polyphonic Brass Band CD QPRL236D My Heroes.

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    SAINT-SAENS VARIATIONS (Brass Band Set - Score and Parts)

    Score & Parts. 2013 NABBA 3rd Section. In 2006, a long-time dream of Philip Sparke finally became reality: to compose a set of variations on the famous chorale from Saint-Saëns’ renowned Organ Symphony. In 2009 the composer reworked the piece for brass band. The resulting Saint-Saëns Variations has been simplified, shortened and in many places completely recomposed, to distill the essence of the symphony even further and allow younger bands to enjoy the power of Saint-Saëns’ masterpiece in an approachable, yet completely faithful, work. American Grade 3. Duration: 10:00

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    SAINT-SAENS VARIATIONS (Extra Brass Band Score only)

    Score only. 2013 NABBA 3rd Section. In 2006, a long-time dream of Philip Sparke finally became reality: to compose a set of variations on the famous chorale from Saint-Saëns’ renowned Organ Symphony. In 2009 the composer reworked the piece for brass band. The resulting Saint-Saëns Variations has been simplified, shortened and in many places completely recomposed, to distill the essence of the symphony even further and allow younger bands to enjoy the power of Saint-Saëns’ masterpiece in an approachable, yet completely faithful, work. American Grade 3. Duration: 10:00

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    TALISMAN FOR BRASS BAND - Parts & Score, TEST PIECES (Major Works) - Frank Hughes

    The 2009 Area/ Regional FOURTH Section Testpiece.To hear audio extracts of the three sections of this work, click on the "MORE DETAILS" button opposite.About “The Talisman” :The Talisman is a suite for Brass Band in three movements (Prelude, Nocturne and Scherzo) and is a tone picture of events in the novel by Sir Walter Scott. The idea was initially conceived as a quartet, but was later enlarged and re-scored for full band.Duration :- approx 10 mins.Percussion requirements :-Percussion 1: Timpani, GlockenspieLPercussion 2: Side Drum, Bass Drum, Suspended Cymbal, Triangle, Claves,Tambourine Tam-Tam.About Frank Hughes :Frank Hughes began his musical career playing cornet in his local band, Pemberton Old. He later played with Besses Boys, Wingates Temperance and Foden Motor Works Band.Composing has always played an important part in his musical life. Many of his works were recorded and broadcast by Fodens and also by Leyland Vehicles Band.If you enjoyed listening to these three audio extracts and want to hear the complete performance of this work, then you can do so by purchasing the CD entitled "REGIONALS 2009" ON DOY CD 246 in BRASS BAND CD section of this site.

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    FIRE IN THE BLOOD (Brass Band Set)

    2016 Butlins Mineworkers Contest Test Piece Second Section.Fire in the Blood was commissioned by Dr Stephen Cobb for the 120th anniversary of the International Staff Band of the Salvation Army. The piece was composed for the celebration concert where the ISB were joined by several other staff bands from around the world to perform independently to a sell-out capacity crowd at Britain's most famous concert hall The Royal Albert Hall. Fire in the Blood received its world premier at the 'ISB 120' concert at the Royal Albert Hall on June 4th 2011.With this piece I wanted to acknowledge music that had an impact on me through my Salvation Army upbringing. When thinking of a title for this piece I had no hesitation than to reflect and re-word the Salvation Army's motto under their famous crest 'Blood and Fire'.When composing Fire in the Blood I wanted to use three songs of worship that have been prevalent in the Salvation Army's services over a number of years. Opening with Richard Phillips' setting of Psalm 95, 'Sing for Joy', the music is vibrant and full of energy, I wanted to capture the spirit of the well known words of Scripture. The music then moves into a more reflective section that includes Howard Davies' emotive song melody 'Lord, you know that we love you' and Laurie Klein's worship song 'I love you Lord'.A re-statement of the opening Psalm setting follows and this, in turn, leads into a dramatic and powerful finale that combines two pivotal statements drawn from the slower, reflective section: I love you lord, and I lift my voice to worship you, O my soul rejoice and Lord, you know that we love you with a final flourish from Psalm 95: Come let us sing joy to the Lord! Duration: 10:08

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    GYMNOPEDIE No.1 (Brass Band)

    Erik Satie's Gymnopedies are a series of three short piano pieces that were first published in 1888. These atmospheric pieces, all written in 3/4 time and sharing a common theme and structure, are recognised the world over and are his most famous compositions. Gymnopedie No.1 is divided into two almost identical parts, with a steady accompanying rhythm of crotchet-minim, crotchet-minim (short-long, short-long) that remains constant throughout - with the exception of the last two bars of each part! This gently lilting background supports an expressive melodic line which creates the occasional dissonance, yet seems impressively tension free. Duration: 8:10

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    CAPRIOL SUITE (Brass Band)

    Peter Warlock's set of set of six dances in renaissance style, Capriol Suite, is by far his most famous work. The suite consists of Basse-Danse, a lively dance for older folk; a stately Pavane; a delicate, yet lively Tordion; Bransles (pronounced ‘Brawl’), a fast country dance which works its way into a frenzy, continuously building in speed and excitement; Pieds-en-l’air, with its beautifully serene lines and Mattachins, an exhilarating sword dance with its driving rhythm, culminating in violent dissonances bringing the piece to a spirited close. This is a new arrangement suitable for any band, including those in the 4th Section that relish a challenge. Percussion has been added in all but one of the movements, and is for two players. Duration: 10:00

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    CENTURION (Brass Band)

    A lively upbeat concert march from the pen of the ever-popular Philip Sparke. The Centurion follows the conventional British march format. It is not technically demanding, yet a successful performance will need skill and commitment from every player in the band. The Centurion will make an ideal opening piece for any indoor or outdoor concert and will be a popular item with both players and audiences alike. Duration 4:10