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    Wall of Sound - Lovatt-Cooper, Paul

    This piece was commissioned by Dr Nicholas Childs and Philip Biggs for the National Children’s Band of Great Britain.As the commission was for a youth band, I wanted to compose a piece of music that alluded to the styles and genres of music that are abundant in the current popular music market. However, the National Children’s Band isn’t just any old youth band; they are some of the finest young musicians in Great Britain. So the challenge was to compose a piece that included many popular music styles whilst providing enough of a test to keep the music technically interesting to work on and perform.The driving force behind the whole piece is the percussion section and in particular, the drum kit which is constant throughout. From the start the music is rhythmic and repetitive, similar to many dance tracks. The music begins to slowly unfold and build in texture and at bar 24 the syncopated main theme appears. This theme reappears throughout the piece along with various other motifs and solo lines. The music uses the styles, rock, pop, latin, funk and dance within the score and has a real fun factor about it.There are lots of opportunities for soloists to play and it is marked in the score where to stand and soloists can come out to the front of the stage. I really enjoyed working on this piece and I’m sure performers and audience members will enjoy it too.Paul Lovatt-Cooper

    Estimated delivery 5-10 working days
  • £10.00

    OF DISTANT MEMORIES (Music in an Olden Style) (Brass Band - Study Score) - Gregson, Edward

    Limited stock. Study Score only. 2013 Finals of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain - Championship Section. Of Distant Memories pays homage to the brass band composers that form the backbone of the brass band repertoire, and their music, and in the process summons up a kind of subconscious memory bank of the musical languages, styles and forms used by them. The music is conceived in the form of a 'traditional' tone poem, reflecting certain aspects (e.g. melodic, harmonic, textural) of those early test pieces. Although fairly traditional concepts have been kept in planning the architecture of the work, certain aspects of the instrumentation, or scoring, are more contemporary in colouristic terms, as befits a composer writing in the 21st century. However, the percussion requirements are fairly modest, similar to those used in the works of that period. The brass band tradition owes much to the composers of that period, for through their music they established a truly homogenous 'British' brass band sound which has spread throughout many parts of the world. That tradition flourishes today and remains important for today's composers, even if their musical language is far removed from that of their predecessors. Of Distant Memories is the composers own way of repaying that gratitude.

    Estimated delivery 5-10 working days
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    Wall of Sound - Paul Lovatt-Cooper

    A real 'feel-good' piece that mixes the genres of dance, jazz, rock and funk that is an ideal showcase for band and soloists. Commissioned by Dr Nicholas Childs and Philip Biggs for the National Children's Band of Great Britain 2010. Circa 7'20".

    In stock: Estimated delivery 1-3 days
  • £64.95

    Wychavon Sketches - Dan Price

    Wychavon Sketches was commissioned in 2018 by the Wychavon Festival of Brass, in-part celebration of reaching their thirty-year milestone.The work, in four clear movements, seeks to evoke images of the Worcestershire countryside, utilising the natural melodious quality and multifaceted colour-tones of the brass band sound world. In many ways the structure and language draws intentional inspiration from Worcestershire's most famous musical exponent Sir Edward Elgar, in particular his own foray into the medium, Severn Suite of 1930.I. JoustsAs with many rural areas of Britain, Wychavon and Worcestershire featured considerably in the shaping of British political history, with significant battles at Evesham (1265) and Worcester (1651). This opening movement looks to acknowledge this history, with a distinct renaissance quality that evokes the medieval; chivalry, nobility, battle and conquest.II. Maypoles & Market GardensFollowing the Battle of Worcester, the future King Charles II hid in an Oak Tree to escape capture by the Roundheads. In celebration of his escape, May Day celebrations included an oak-bough carrier alongside Maypole Dancing, a fertility ritual of pagan Britain; a celebration many villages uphold today. The music in this second movement pays homage to this tradition, utilising the sound of folk-song and unashamedly taking inspiration from the music of Gustav Holst, notably his Finale (The Dargason) from St. Paul's Suite (1913). The fertile Vale of Evesham remains a prime market gardening area which is signified musically through the broad exploration of colour and texture and the repetitious peels of Evesham's Bell Tower.III. The River AvonThe River Avon is an element of this countryside which has remained constant in the evolution of the landscape around it. Its significance in the area's history is acknowledged by way of its thematic material appearing in the other three movements either verbatim, as in the introductory material or reprise as the work draws to conclusion, or in a developed state; the theme of both movement II and IVare derivatives of the motives found within the river theme. Similarly, ideas from the other movements reappear within this third movement, for example the haunting variation of the Jousts theme at letter P.IV. Contest DayThis spritely and light-hearted finale reflects the main function of the commissioning body, with the music seeking to convey the excitement and anticipation of ‘contest day.' A tour-de-force that exposes soloists and family-groups within the ensemble in an attempt to secure the all-important 1st place. With adjudicator's whistles, early entries and deflated hopes, the final result brings the work to its abrupt conclusion.

    Estimated delivery 3-5 days
  • £35.00

    In Pitch Black - Lucy Pankhurst

    An extremely emotional and poignant work for brass band composed by Lucy Pankhurst, in memory and tribute to those affected by the Pretoria Pit disaster in Lancashire on 21st December 1910. The piece is chilling in its depiction of the tragic story, sensitively conveying the atmosphere and emotions as perceived before, during and after the event. Through its use of playing techniques, effects, sound combinations and even silences, In Pitch Black offers a powerfully reflective piece.Pritoria Pit DisasterLancashire’s worst pit disaster and Britain’s third largest loss of life from a single mining accident happened at the No. 3 Bank Pit belonging to the Hulton Colliery Company, just 4 days before Christmas 1910. The pit known as the 'Pretoria Pit' was situated on Hulton Parkland on the border of Atherton and Westhoughton. An explosion occurred at 7.50 am on Wednesday, 21 December 1910, resulting in the death of 344 men and boys, including many members of The Wingates Band.The Writing ExperienceDuring Lucy's research for this work, she acknowledges that she found the harsh reality from the shocking images and historical accounts of the event most disturbing, and is not embarrassed to disclose that it was wholly a very emotional experience in creating the composition. Consequently, she chose to create something to illustrate the true emotion of the situation. She wanted to pay tribute to the lives lost and the devastation which remained in their absence, by creating a piece of music which begins in darkness; desolate and claustrophobic, whilst still leaving the audience feeling uplifted and thoughtful in the final bars.The significance and musical appreciation for the creation of In Pitch Black was formally recognised by BASCA in 2011, when Lucy Pankhurst won the internationally acclaimed British Composer Award (the first time a brass band work had received the award, and the first time a female composer had won the category).Full programme notes are included in the product images.Look and Listen (performance courtesy of Manchester University Brass Band):

    In stock: Estimated delivery 1-3 days
  • £69.95

    Judd: Isaiah 40

    Commissioned for the final of the 1996 National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, Isaiah 40 represents Robert Redhead's only 'test piece' composition to date. The timeless truths contained in Isaiah 40 were written to encourage a people facing very intimidating circumstances. The Jewish people of the 5th Century BC were preparing to make an arduous journey though the desert to return to their ravaged homeland after a lengthy exile in the sophisticated society of Babylon. Both Scripture and music sound out a message of hope, as they view life from an eternal perspective, thus placing change in its proper context. Because 'the Lord is the everlasting God' his word 'stands forever' and 'those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength'. They will not merely get through somehow but 'they will soar on wings like eagles'.

    Estimated delivery 5-10 working days
  • £10.00

    Isaiah 40 (Brass Band - Study Score) - Redhead, RobertCode:

    Commissioned for the final of the 1996 National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. The timeless truths contained in Isaiah 40 were written to encourage a people facing very intimidating circumstances. The Jewish people of the 5th Century BC were preparing to make an arduous journey though the desert to return to their ravaged homeland after a lengthy exile in the sophisticated society of Babylon. Both Scripture and music sound out a message of hope, as they view life from an eternal perspective, thus placing change in its proper context. Because 'the Lord is the everlasting God' his word 'stands forever' and 'those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength'. They will not merely get through somehow but 'they will soar on wings like eagles'.

    Estimated delivery 5-10 working days
  • £38.00

    Away in a Manger

    The music of Away in a Manger needs no introduction, and this lovely setting for brass band sets a beautiful sound. This brass band arrangement is not too difficult to play and it is very effective in the concert hall. Away in a Manger is a very popular Christmas carol, which was written in 1882. In Britain, a poll was taken in 1996 to ascertain what was the people's favourite carol, and Away in a Manger came joint second. The origin of the carol is now considered to be from America, despite claims that it was the work of Martin Luther, the German religious reformer. The carol is predominantly about the the time just following the birth of baby Jesus as he lays in his manger in the cattleshed. There are many varients worldwide, with the most common melodies coming from Cradle Song by William J Kirkpatrick and Mueller by James R Murray. The third verse is is absent from early versions, as it was thought to have been written later on 1892.

    Estimated delivery 5-7 days
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    ISAIAH 40 (Brass Band Study Score) - Robert Redhead

    Commissioned for the final of the 1996 National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. The timeless truths contained in Isaiah 40 were written to encourage a people facing very intimidating circumstances. The Jewish people of the 5th Century BC were preparing to make an arduous journey though the desert to return to their ravaged homeland after a lengthy exile in the sophisticated society of Babylon. Both Scripture and music sound out a message of hope, as they view life from an eternal perspective, thus placing change in its proper context. Because 'the Lord is the everlasting God' his word 'stands forever' and 'those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength'. They will not merely get through somehow but 'they will soar on wings like eagles'.

    Estimated delivery 5-10 working days
  • £69.95

    ISAIAH 40 (Brass Band Set) - Robert Redhead

    Commissioned for the final of the 1996 National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. The timeless truths contained in Isaiah 40 were written to encourage a people facing very intimidating circumstances. The Jewish people of the 5th Century BC were preparing to make an arduous journey though the desert to return to their ravaged homeland after a lengthy exile in the sophisticated society of Babylon. Both Scripture and music sound out a message of hope, as they view life from an eternal perspective, thus placing change in its proper context. Because 'the Lord is the everlasting God' his word 'stands forever' and 'those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength'. They will not merely get through somehow but 'they will soar on wings like eagles'.

    Estimated delivery 5-10 working days