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    The Year of the Dragon - Philip Sparke

    The highlight of Cory’s centenary celebrations throughout 1984 was a concert held in St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, in March. The band, with the aid of funds provided by the Welsh Arts Council, commissioned Philip Sparke to write a work for first performance at this concert. The result was “The Year of the Dragon” of which the composer writes:“At the time I wrote The Year of the Dragon, Cory had won two successive National Finals and I set out to write a virtuoso piece to display the talents of this remarkable band to the full.”The work is in three movements:TOCCATA opens with an arresting side drum figure and snatches of themes from various sections of the band, which try to develop until a broad and powerful theme from the middle of the band asserts itself. A central dance-like section soon gives way to the return of this theme, which subsides until faint echoes of the opening material fade to a close.INTERLUDE takes the form of a sad and languid solo for trombone. A chorale for the whole band introduces a brief spell of optimism but the trombone solo returns to close the movement quietly.FINALE is a real tour-de-force for the band with a stream of rapid semi-quavers running throughout the movement. The main theme is heroic and march-like but this is interspersed with lighter, more playful episodes. A distant fanfare to the sound of bells is introduced and this eventually returns to bring the work to a stirring close.

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days
  • £29.95

    The Year of the Dragon - Philip Sparke

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  • £30.00

    YEAR OF THE DRAGON, The (Brass Band Parts only) - Sparke, Philip

    Butlins 2018 Champsionship Section. One of the three choices of set works. The others are Contest Music (Heaton) and Concerto for Brass Band No.1 (Venables).Recorded on Polyphonic QPRL051D EUROPEAN BRASS BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS 1992. Championship section. Movement 2 Recorded on Polyphonic QPRL227D SHOUT! (Brett Baker - Trombone & the PolySteel Band)

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  • £30.00

    YEAR OF THE DRAGON, The (Brass Band Score only) - Sparke, Philip

    Butlins 2018 Champsionship Section. One of the three choices of set works. The others are Contest Music (Heaton) and Concerto for Brass Band No.1 (Venables).Recorded on Polyphonic QPRL051D EUROPEAN BRASS BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS 1992. Championship Section. Movement 2 Recorded on Polyphonic QPRL227D SHOUT! (Brett Baker - Trombone & the PolySteel Band)

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days
  • £64.00

    Hail the Dragon! - Philip Sparke

    Its title, Hail the Dragon!, references a work Philip Sparke wrote in 1984, The Year of the Dragon. The piece opens with a lively and energetic fanfare. The mood becomes more subdued in the centre section as the cornet introduces a new theme that builds to an emotional climax. This leads into a recap of the opening fanfare which acts as a type of descant to short quotations from the last movement of The Year of the Dragon before reaching a thunderous finale.

    Estimated delivery 10-12 days

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  • £61.00

    Hail the Dragon! (Brass Band - Score and Parts)

    Its title, Hail the Dragon!, references a work Philip Sparke wrote in 1984, The Year of the Dragon. The piece opens with a lively and energetic fanfare. The mood becomes more subdued in the centre section as the cornet introduces a new theme that builds to an emotional climax. This leads into a recap of the opening fanfare which acts as a type of descant to short quotations from the last movement of The Year of the Dragon before reaching a thunderous finale. 04:45

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days

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  • £13.95

    Hail the Dragon! (Brass Band - Score only)

    Its title, Hail the Dragon!, references a work Philip Sparke wrote in 1984, The Year of the Dragon. The piece opens with a lively and energetic fanfare. The mood becomes more subdued in the centre section as the cornet introduces a new theme that builds to an emotional climax. This leads into a recap of the opening fanfare which acts as a type of descant to short quotations from the last movement of The Year of the Dragon before reaching a thunderous finale. 04:45

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days

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    Dragon Dances

    Dragon Dances was commissioned by Owen Farr, who is also the work's dedicatee, gave the first performance with the Cornwall Youth Band conducted by Richard Evans on 5 April 2010 and has recorded it on his solo CD "A New Dawn" accompanied by the Cory Band conducted by Philip Harper.Being a Welsh composer, writing music for a Welsh soloist, I was naturally keen to reflect this in the music, and I drew inspiration from two particularly Welsh concepts - "hiraeth" and "hwyl". "Hiraeth" is a word that has no direct translation into English, but an approximation would be 'yearning for home'. Like the other celtic nations, Wales has a widespread diaspora of people who left to seek new lives out in the empire and "hiraeth" is a way of summing up the homesickness felt by these exiles, some of whom return each year for a special ceremony at the Royal National Eisteddfod. "Hwyl" is an even more complicated word, variously meaning ecstatic joy, fervour, equable temperament and even the characteristic sing-song oration style of the great Welsh Methodist preachers.I have attempted to make the music reflect both of these, with the melancholy first part of the work inspired by the hymns and solo songs for which Wales is famous, and the second part having a much more dance-like, joyful quality.To view a PDF preview of the full score, click here; to view a preview of the solo part click here.

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  • £65.00

    CONCERTO for Brass Band No.1 (Venables) (Brass Band Set) - Venables, Marcus

    Butlins 2018 Champsionship Section. One of the three choices of set works. The others are Contest Music (Heaton) and Year of the Dragon (Sparke)

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days
  • £40.00

    CONTEST MUSIC (Brass Band Parts only) - Heaton, Wilfred

    Butlins 2018 Champsionship Section. One of the three choices of set works. The others are Year of the Dragon (Sparke) and Concerto for Brass Band No.1 (Venables).

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days