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    13.7 Billion Years Earlier - James McFadyen

    Brass band sheet music by James McFadyen. Listen to the glorious sound of the Central Ohio Brass Band perform this grand and magical fanfare. Described as a fanfare tone poem, 13.7 Billion Years Earlier tells the story of the beginning of our universe, the big bang. Based around the note of concert Db, this is poetic brass band music with flowing melodic lines and deep evocative harmonies, gradually building to glorious and magical ending. Since the conception of this music, the most recent accurate measurement of the universe is now 13.8 billion years old.What is the Big Bang?The Big Bang is the leading theory of how our universe came to be. All of space, time and matter in our universe was created at that moment. Everything you see around you comes from that moment 13.8 billion years ago. The term "big bang" was coined by Fred Hoyle (1915-2001), a British astronomer who supported the opposing theory of the time - Steady State Theory.At the heart of the Big Bang theory is Inflation, as developed by Alun Guth (b.1947).Over the years, the evidence to support the Big Bang theory mounted up, and has been so consistent with the model that to argue against the big bang would require a substantial amount of opposing evidence not yet observed.Evidence to support the Big Bang theory includes (amongst others) pigeon droppings at the big ear telescope in Ohio (USA), WMAP image of the universe and the discovery of redshift demonstrating the expanding universe.More Space Brass Band Sheet Music2019 marks 50 years of the first moon landing. If you're looking for original music for brass band with a space theme, you're at the right place. If you like 13.7 Billion Years Earlier and looking for something along the same lines, The Pale Blue Dot by the same composer is the perfect choice. With it's 5/4 time signature and lyrical melody over a pulsing ostinato building to a heart-pumping ending, it's the perfect set of tones for your concert.For those after a more energetic piece, Magnus Hylander's Sunrise is sure to fit the bill. The calm and peaceful start is not unlike something from that of Philip Sparke, and when the piece gets going, it's a great concert piece that moves along at a fair pace.The "Wow!" Signal by James McFadyen is a 3-part concert work based on the 1977 signal found in the constellation of Sagittarius. In fast-slow-fast form, this original extended work is a great way to showcase your bands musical prowess whilst giving the audience a new sonic experience.

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    A Jingle Fantasy - James McFadyen

    This dark tale of Jingle Bells for brass band by James McFadyen is sure to give your seasonal concerts a touch of modernism, and will certainly create a bit of a talking point at your Christmas concerts. Although not immediately obvious as one to put on your public programmes, progressive bands will enjoy putting together a varied programme and including arrangements that shine a new light on old classics.History of Jingle BellsOriginally entitled One Horse Open Sleigh when composed in 1857 by American composer and songwriter James L. Pierpont (1822-1893), Jingle Bells has gone on to become one of the most recognisable Christmas songs of all time.Pierpont's lyrics remain largely untouched, but as you will notice from the following original text, there are a few differences:Dashing tho' the snow,In a one-horse open sleigh,O'er the hills we go,Laughing all the way;Bells on bob tail ring,Making spirits bright,Oh what sport to ride and singA sleighing song tonight.Special Features of this ArrangementIn typical McFadyen style, the original of Jingle Bells as-we-know-it is flipped on its head. The most arresting difference is the speed. The piece is a lot slower than the original, but there are numerous musical devices which keep the music pacing along, including short arpeggiated motifs on baritones and euphoniums.The overall sound of this arrangement of Jingle Bells is dark although, the most skillful of conductors will see the poetry in the music. There is much storytelling to tell here, which builds to a rather serious finale and then closes down with a series of effervescent chords in the lower band.For those looking for a more traditional arrangement of Jingle Bells, one can be found in James McFadyen's lovely medley of Christmas tunes, Christmas Sweets.

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    A Little Christmas Treat - James McFadyen

    Combining The First Nowell with The Holly and the Ivy, A Little Christmas treat is a warm and cuddly romp for brass band. Once each of these carols is heard, the piece continues by superimposing both carols in different keys. Despite both carols not being in the same key, the result is startlingly harmonious!

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    A Place Where Dreams Come True - James McFadyen

    A Place Where Dreams Come True is concert item that is like a tiny symphony. Opening with an original chorale which merges into a pop-rock item with lyrical and syncopated melodies. From there, the piece transforms into classical overture style before entering the closing bars which are more akin to a sad song.This is one of James' earliest compositions for brass band and it certainly has a unique form, but somehow the piece as a whole feels recognisable and comfortable. A real hidden gem of a piece this one!

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    Abide with Me

    This world-famous hymn is taken from original melody by William Henry Monk (1823-1889), known as Eventide. In this brass band arrangement of Abide with Me, the hymn is first heard as brass quartet, then the rest of the band join, building to a powerful and emotional close.What are the lyrics to Abide with Me?The first verse of Abide with Me is usually sung as follows:Abide with me, fast falls the eventideThe darkness deepens Lord, with me abideWhen other helpers fail and comforts fleeHelp of the helpless, oh, abide with me.Performance Hints & TipsAt the beginning, it may considered to have the quartet of players stand at the front of the band to play the opening verse, or have them sat to one side of the band.Although tutti band comes-in in the second verse, remember that there is considerable build-up to come, and to reserve the full-power playing for when it's truly required.In the final verse, there is many interesting strands of counterpoint and interest; always ensure that as each point of interest is sounded, attention be drawn to it. It will not be difficult for the conductor to see the connecting strands dispersed throughout the band colours.The final chord does not sound as if it has resolved. This is deliberate. For maximum sonic effect, play it strongly and confidently as if it were a fully-resolved cadence. Some conductors may wish to add an allargando on the semiquavers that lead into the last note.

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    Angels will Fall - James McFadyen

    Composed for Jim Hayes 3rd studio album of the same name, Angels will Fall is a cornet solo with a difference. It is the first-known brass band work to feature an EDM section, seamlessly-linked between the outer brass band movements.

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    Anthracite Dances - James McFadyen

    Anthracite Dances is a Xylophone solo with brass band accompaniment in a Nu Ragtime style. Commissioned by star percussionist Yasuaki Fukuhara in 2013 for his debut album released in 2014, The Golden Apples of the Sun.In this approach to writing a Xylophone solo, the composer did not want to write a comical piece, especially limiting the use of glissandi. Instead, Anthracite Dances joins a small pool of brass band repertoire that respects the Xylophone as a serious instrument, but within the boundaries of being highly melodic. Although traditional ragtime on the piano should not be played too quickly, a lot of the Xylophone soloists would perform works at a much faster tempo than Ragtime traditionally sets.James follows in this same vein, writing Anthracite Dances in duple time, and the resulting tempo is fast! The use of chords on the Xylophone is limited, and instead focus is given on the strength of melody.However, there is a section in the middle of the work where the soloist is to improvise based on a set of given notes, whereby the soloist may play melodic passages, chords, tremolandi, or a combination of.

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    Apocalyptic Sapphire - James McFadyen

    Apocalyptic Sapphire was written in 2016 for a music workshop in Sale, Cheshire. It is a fanfare that opens with an inverted pedal (a long high note!) with epic block chords slammed underneath. The piece continues in a quasi retro style that has plenty of harmonic and melodic energy.A cracking piece to open a concert or finish the first half of a set.

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    Arietta - Frank Culross

    A beautiful and lyrical cornet solo by Scottish composer Frank Culross. Playable by virtually all standards of brass bands, the solo part itself focuses on lyricism more than flamboyant technique, making this a very accessible solo for soloist, band and audiences alike.

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    Aurelia

    Aurelia is a beautiful hymn that mostly moves by step, resulting in a melody that sits well on the ear. In the moments that the melody moves by leap, the effect is wanting in emotive power.In this brass band arrangement of Aurelia, James McFadyen has painted the band colours in a mellow and understated fashion, and unusually, there is no dynamic louder than mezzo-forte. This produces one of those rare brass band moments where hymn arrangements don't rise to a roaring finale. The effect is actually quite magical.

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