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    The Seafarers - Bruce Fraser

    Descriptive suite set as the 1992 4th section test piece and 2016 Butlins 4th Section test piece

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days
  • £49.95

    Four Cities Symphony - Rodney Newton

    This piece was commissioned by the National Contesting Council as the 4th section test piece for the 2008 Regional Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. This symphony (the composer's 12th) has four movements played without a break. The first centres on two aspects of the city of London: its history and pageantry and its role as a busy modern metropolis.The second movement depicts Paris, its street cafes and boulevards and riverside walks, in the form of a romantic waltz. The third movement is constructed around the Gregorian chants of the Lord's Prayer (Pater noster, qui es in caelis) and the Creed (Credo in unum Deum) in an evocation of the city of Rome. After a powerful climax, mysterious tramping footsteps are heard as the ghosts or a Roman legion march through the city by night. The vision fades and the pater noster is heard once again, before the movement is brought to a close with the ancient Ambrosian chant, Christus Vincit, Christus Regnet, Christus Imperat.The final movement is an evocation of the city of Moscow, with its great historic buildings, its turbulent history and its fiery traditional music. At the outset a rather dour folk-like melody is heard which is transformed into a lively Cossack dance.This work is dedicated to Howard Wilson, former principal euphonium of City of Coventry Band who, in 1972, introduced the composer to top section brass band contesting.Rodney Newton, September 2007

    Estimated delivery 3-5 days
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    Henry V - Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Set as the 4th Section Test Piece for the 2011 National FinalsThis work was probably composed in 1933-34, and it is interesting to know that ten years later, when William Walton used 'R?veillez vous Piccars' to represent the French army in his music for the film 'Henry V', the tune was suggested to him by Vaughan Williams.

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days
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    Music from Kantara - Score & Parts - Kenneth Downie

    4th Section Test Piece 2016 National Finals of the British Brass Band Championship. Music from Kantara was written in 1994 and was first performed by Watership Brass, a band based near Newbury. The title comes from the name of the former home of the composer, in Winchester, a name which was inherited from the previous owners, and which presumably comes from the ruined castle of that name on the Northern coast of Cyprus. The music is not programmatic: it does not tell a story. It is a three-movement suite of absolute music, in a tuneful and straightforward idiom. The slow, central movement calls for playing of a sensitive, vocal nature.

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days
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    Music from Kantara - Score Only - Kenneth Downie

    4th Section Test Piece 2016 National Finals of the British Brass Band Championship. Music from Kantara was written in 1994 and was first performed by Watership Brass, a band based near Newbury. The title comes from the name of the former home of the composer, in Winchester, a name which was inherited from the previous owners, and which presumably comes from the ruined castle of that name on the Northern coast of Cyprus. The music is not programmatic: it does not tell a story. It is a three-movement suite of absolute music, in a tuneful and straightforward idiom. The slow, central movement calls for playing of a sensitive, vocal nature.

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days
  • £64.95

    Lucid Perspectives - Andrew Baker, Lucy Pankhurst, Paul McGhee

    Lucid Perspectives was commissioned by the Woodbridge Excelsior Brass Band for use as their own choice test piece at the 2017 Butlins Mineworkers 4th Section Championships in Skegness. Having been asked on a few occasions to write a piece for 4th section, I decided it was the perfect time to maybe write a collaborative piece that uses different compositional voices working to a common goal.With a brief of ‘write a short two minute piece that incorporates the view from the window where you composed it’, the composers set about making a new and interesting work for brass band where the main objective was to produce a short piece of music that never ‘talks down’ to the performer and engages them in a tonal language that perhaps isn’t instantly familiar.Written in four ‘movements’ which run continuously, Lucid Perspectives aims to bring together three unique voices in a work that reflects their styles, surroundings and inspirations.

    Estimated delivery 3-5 days
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    A British Isles Suite - Jonathan Bates

    A British Isles Suite is a musical exploration of poetry from around the British Isles. Each movement takes inspiration from a quote of literature specific to the country in question. The work is written in a symphonic style with a moderately paced opening movement, a slow and expressive second movement, a lively two-part minuet and a grand finale.I - Scotland "When chill November's surley blast, make fields and forest bare" - from Man Was Made To Mourn by Robert BurnsII - Wales "Though lovers be lost, love shall not" - from And Death Shall Have No Dominion by Dylan ThomasIII Isle of Man "Make us free as thy sweet mountain air" - from the Isle of Man National Anthem by William GillIV Ireland "How do we tell the dancer from the dances?" - from Among School Children by William Butler YeatsV England "Be not afraid of greatness" - from Twelfth Night by William ShakespeareA British Isles Suite was selected as the test piece for the 4th Section final of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain 2012

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    IMPERIUM

    4th Section National Test Piece 2007. A suite describing three of Rome's greatest rulers - Pompey, Cicero and Julius Caesar.