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    ST. MAGNUS - Parts & Score, TEST PIECES (Major Works) - Kenneth Downie

    Set as the Championship Section Test Piece for the 2014 Britsh Brass Band Regional Championships.If you have enjoyed listening to the audio extract here, and want to hear the entire performance, you can purchase the REGIONS 2014 CD on this site which contains full performances of all 5 testpieces. Simply type REGIONALS 2014 into the QUICK SEARCH to the right of your screen to find it.Dedicated to Alastair Massey, an inspirational music teacher.Commissioned by the Scottish Brass Band Association for the 2004 European Brass Band Championships in Glasgow.This music is a set of variations on the tune known as St Magnus, which is attributed to Jeremiah Clarke. Most people will associate it with Thomas Kelly’s hymn which begins:“The Head that once was crowned with thorns is crowned with glory now”.The tune is very simple, consisting of just two, four-bar phrases. Neither is there much in the way of rhythmic variety, every note being a crotchet with the exception of two quavers, and the last note in each phrase. Within such a simple structure, however, lies considerable strength.THEMEThe listener is given the opportunity of hearing it twice, in full, at the beginning, starting with one player but soon taken up by the full ensemble. It returns in the middle of the music and is stated again near the end. This has been done quite deliberately in the hope that there will be an appreciation of what material is being developed, by the listener as well as by those with access to the score, who are able to see the visual connections.VARIATION 1This takes the rhythm of the last part of the theme and also uses the shape of the opening as a recurring figure. The mood is whimsical and skittish, with short, teasing rhythmic figures tossed around the band, and quick interplay with percussion, at a fast tempo. An energetic flourish finishes this variation before the Andante espress.VARIATION 2This commences with chords related to the opening of Variation 1. The cantabile on solo comets establishes a new, lyrical mood and there is scope for expressive playing in a series of short solo passages. The theme works its way unobtrusively into the texture before a reprise of the solo cornet melody and some more lyrical interchanges between Eb bass, euphonium, flugel horn and comets. The variation ends serenely with clear references to the last phrase of the theme.VARIATION 3The first idea to dominate is clearly linked to the shape of the theme’s first phrase. There is a frenetic feel to much of this variation, with considerable energy and instability created by extensive use of cross-rhythms. A thinning-out of the score marks a clear change to development of the start of the second phrase of the theme. This proves to be short-lived however, and the opening material returns leading to a restatement of the theme, “Maestoso,” after which a euphonium cadenza links toVariation 4.VARIATION 4Here we have some solos for euphonium, cornet, trombone and Eb bass set against a background of horns and baritones presenting a pensive statement of the theme’s opening.VARIATION 5This commences Allegro, with lively work for cornet and euphonium spreading to the whole band before attention focuses on the beginning of the second phrase of the theme which is initially presented in diminution, then in regular rhythm, then in inversion. An increase in tempo coupled with a decrease in volume, requires dexterity and control, with several metrical challenges thrown in for good measure. The same fragment of phrase becomes an ostinato which generates a frenzied climax, punctuated by short, dramatic silence, before the opening figure returns and the music gradually winds down. The tubular bells herald the final return of the theme, in augmentation, marking the start of the Finale.FINALEThis features the running semiquavers of the previous variation sounding in counterpoint.A fast, furious coda speeds the work to a conclusion while references to the opening of the theme are still trying to break into the texture of the music.Kenneth Downie

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    ST MAGNUS (Brass Band Set)

    Score and Parts.

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    ST MAGNUS (Brass Band Study Score)

    Study Score Only. 2014 National Championships Area Qualitying Contest - Championship Section.

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    ST. MAGNUS - Score only, TEST PIECES (Major Works) - Kenneth Downie

    Set as the Championship Section Test Piece for the 2014 Britsh Brass Band Regional Championships.Dedicated to Alastair Massey, an inspirational music teacher.Commissioned by the Scottish Brass Band Association for the 2004 European Brass Band Championships in Glasgow.

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    120 HYMN TUNES (00)-Complete set of 26 A5 size Parts & Score, Hymn Tunes

    This set of 26 parts is in the march card size format (A5), with a condensed score. New 3rd. Edition launched October 2001. Enlarged Christmas section with 20 extra Carols. This is the "Red Hymn Book", which is now in standard use with most bands. Part books are available in two sizes either the traditional A5 size (this one) at £5.00 or the new enlarged "easy to read" A4 size at £7.50 each. Click on MORE DETAILS to see an example of an extract from the Short Score.. INDEX OF HYMNS : Aberystwyth, 1 Abridge, 2 Angelus, 3 Aurelia, 4 Austrian Hymn, 5 Belmont, 6 Blaenwern, 7 Carlisle, 8 Christ the King, 9 Come, 10 CorJesu, 11 Corpus Christi, 12 Crimond, 13 Cross of Jesus, 14 Darwalls 148th, 15 Day of Rest, 16 Dennis, 17 Diadem, 18 Diademata, 19 Divine Mysteries, 20 Dix, 21 Dominus Regit Me, 22 Dresden (Wir pflugen), 113 Duke Street, 23 Dundee (French), 24 Easter Hymn, 25 Em’ Feste Burg, 26 Ellacombe, 27 Ellers, 28 Eventide, 29 Franconia, 30 French (Dundee), 24 Geibel, 31 Gerontius, 32 Gopsal, 33 Hanover, 34 Hollingside, 35 Horsley, 36 Hursley, 37 Hyfrydol, 38 Innocents, 39 Kocher, 40 Laudate Dominum, 41 Laudes Domini, 42 Lloyd, 43 Lobe den Herren, 44 Love Divine, 45 Lux Benigna, 46 Maidstone, 47 Mannheim, 48 Martyrdom, 49 Maryton, 50 Melcombe, 51 Melita, 52 Miles Lane, 53 Misericordia, 54 Missionary, 55 Monldand, 56 Monks Gate, 57 Morning Hymn, 58 Morning Light, 59 Moscow, 60 Mozart (Nottingham), 64 National Anthem, 61 Nearer, My God, To Thee, 62 Nica, 63 Nottingham (Mozart), 64 Nun Danket, 65 Old Hundredth, 66 Passion Chorale, 67 Penlan, 68 Pentecost, 69 Pilgrims, 70 Praise, my Soul, 71 Redhead, 72 Regent Square, 73 Richmond, 74 Rimmington, 75 Rockingham, 76 St. Agnes, 77 St. Albinus, 78 St. Ann, 79 St. Bees, 80 St. Cecilia, 81 St. Clement, 82 St. Columba, 83 St. Cuthbert, 84 St. Denio, 85 St. Etheiwald, 86 St. Francis, 87 St. George, 88 St. Gertrude, 89 St. Magnus, 90 St. Michael, 91 St. Oswald, 92 St. Peter, 93 St. Theodulph, 94 St. Theresa, 95 Samuel, 96 Sandon, 97 Sawston, 98 Sine Nomine ,99 Stella, 100 Stracathro, 101 Stuttgart, 102 Tallis’ Canon, 103 Turns Davidica, 104 Victory, 105 Vox Dilecti, 106 Wareham, 107 Warrington, 108 Westminster, 109 When He Cometh, 110 Whitburn, 111 Wiltshire, 112 Wir pflugen (Dresden), 113 INDEX OF CAROLS : Angels from the Realms of Glory, 121 As with Gladness, 122 Away in a Manger, 115 Christians Awake, 123 Coventry Carol, The, 124 Ding Dong Merrily on High, 125 Deck the Halls, 126 God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen, 127 Good King Wenceslas, 128 Good Christian Men Rejoice, 129 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, 116 Holly and The Ivy, The, 130 I Saw Three Ships, 131 It Came upon the Midnight Clear, 132 Jingle Bells, 133 Nowell, 118 O Come All Ye Faithful, 114 O Little Town of Bethlehem, 134 Once in Royal David’s City 117 Rocking Carol, The, 135 See Amid the Winter Snow, 136 Silent Night, 119 Unto us a Child is Born, 137 Wassail, 138 We Three Kings, 139 We Wish you a Merry Christmas, 140 While Shepherds Watched, 120

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    Festival March - Praise Tribute - Kenneth Downie

    Wilfred Heaton's march 'Praise' has long been a favourite of Kenneth Downie. In 'Praise Tribute' he deliberately adopts a Heaton style and follows the key scheme of the original while developing the music from the old Manx revival hymn 'The Good Old Way'.Written for The International Staff Band who recorded it on CD 24730 St Magnus.