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    Little Christmas - Elaine Agnew

    An atmospheric, contemporary piece for brass band by prolific composer Elaine Agnew. The work was originally commissioned by the North of Ireland Bands’ Association as the ‘B Section’ test piece for the 2006 European Brass Band Championships, with funds from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Lottery Unit and Belfast City Council.Programme notes:The night of Sunday the sixth of January 1839 was a night of madness. On this night, Ireland was hit by a devastating storm. Little Christmas focuses on the events of that day, leading to the arrival of the storm itself.The piece opens with a blast, which is quickly hushed by a motionless phrase whose silence suggests something not quite right. A solo euphonium mimics the local seer who prophesizes the coming of the storm but who is ignored by the locals, who are well used to his rantings and ravings.A brief percussion improvisation hints at an uncertainty in the air but this is quickly ignored by the following fast section with the bustle and excitement of the day’s preparations.Quiet solo chromatic lines swoosh over harmonic pillars of sound before the final “dizzy” section where the band lets rip at the arrival of the storm!

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  • £72.90

    Bogoroditse Devo - Sergei Rachmaninov - John Philip Hannevik

    The All Night Vigil is an a-cappella composition that Sergei Rachmaninov composed in January/ February 1915. It was one of Rachmaninoff's favorite among his own compositions, and it has also been called "the greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church"."Bogoroditse Devo" is movement number 6, and the lyrics are:Hail Mary, full of grace,the Lord is with thee,blessed art thou amongst women,and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.Performance suggestion:Solo Clarinet, 1st Altosax, 1st Horn amd Solo Euphonium stand, preferably some distance away from the band. The remaining players of the band can sing from the "choir" sheet. At letter A, 1st Horn and Solo Euphonium return to their seats while Solo Clarinet and 1st Altosax remains standing until letter C

    Estimated delivery 10-14 days

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  • £59.95

    Carols for Band (Brass Band Set) - Sparke, Philip

    Designed to be playable by any combination from quartet to full brass band, wind band or orchestra, the arrangements in this book with provide a practical solution to all your carolling needs. Parts are divided into Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass so that any suitable instrumentation will sound well, providing an equal balance of players per voice is maintained. The carols are printed in alphabetical order so they are easy to find, and comprehensively indexed under both first line and name of tune.Score, Timpani and Percussion parts are available separately.Instrumentation is as follows: Brass BandWind BandStringsSopranoEb Soprano CornetSolo Bb CornetBb Repiano & Flugel1st Flute & Piccolo2nd FluteOboe1st Bb Clarinet1st Bb Trumpet/Cornet1st ViolinAlto2nd & 3rd Bb CornetSolo Eb Horn1st Bb Trombone2nd & 3rd Bb ClarinetsEb Alto Saxophone2nd Bb Trumpet/Cornet1st F Horn2nd ViolinTenor1st & 2nd Eb Horns1st & 2nd Bb Baritones2nd Bb Trombone1st Bb EuphoniumEb Alto ClarinetBb Tenor Saxophone2nd F Horn1st & 2nd TrombonesViolaBassBass Trombone2nd Bb EuphoniumEb BassBb BassBassoonBb Bass ClarinetEb Baritone SaxophoneBass TromboneEuphoniumTubaCello/BassTitles included:Angels from the Realms of GloryAs with Gladness Men of OldAway in a MangerBrightest and BestChristians AwakeCoventry CarolDeck the HallsDing Dong, Merrily on HighFirst NowellGod Rest ye Merry, GentlemenGood King WenceslasHark the Glad SoundHark, the Herald Angels SingHolly and the IvyI Saw Three ShipsIn Dulci JubiloIn the Bleak Mid-WinterInfant HolyInfant KingIt Came Upon a Midnight ClearJingle BellsLo, He Comes with Clouds DescendingLove Came Down at ChristmasO Come, All ye FaithfulO Come, O Come, EmmanuelO Little Town of BethlehemOf the Father's Love BegottenOnce in Royal David's CitySans Day CarolSee Amid the Winter's SnowSilent NightSussex CarolThou Didst Leave Thy ThroneUnto Us is Born a SonWe Wish You a Merry ChristmasWhile Shepherds WatchedThe Brass Band Set consists of 25 Parts:1 x Eb Soprano Cornet4 x Solo Bb Cornet2 x Bb Repiano & Flugel4 x 2nd & 3rd Bb Cornet1 x Solo Eb Horn2 x 1st & 2nd Eb Horn2 x 1st & 2nd Bb Baritone1 x 1st Bb Trombone1 x 2nd Bb Trombone1 x Bass Trombone1 x 1st Bb Euphonium1 x 2nd Bb Euphonium2 x Eb Bass2 x Bb Bass

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days
  • £79.95

    Orion - Paul Lovatt-Cooper

    Orion was named after the giant huntsman in Greek mythology and is a prominent constellation located on the celestial equator and visible throughout the world. It is one of the most conspicuous and recognisable constellations in the night sky. This piece and its inspiration were composed as a tone poem creating a musical picture of this amazing phenomenon.The opening introduces the constellation. Starting mysteriously with the percussion and basses this section develops a series of rhythmic and harmonic interludes from the upper brass. As this introduction develops, the melodic line lead by the Solo Cornet and Euphonium builds as the accompanying instruments increase in their rhythmic complexity. This section climaxes with a short fanfare motif which will be a prominent theme throughout this piece.The fast rhythmic section that follows serves as a technical test for the players. The thematic device introduced by the Solo Cornets is passed around various soloists and sections within the ensemble. This part of the tone poem gives the opportunity for the ensemble to highlight their technical prowess. The fanfare motif returns to conclude this section and takes the piece into the slow middle movement.Motifs heard earlier are mixed with new ideas in this slow section which give an opportunity for a variety of soloists to demonstrate their musical prowess. After the various solo passages and cadenzas, the mood shifts dramatically to a more ominous section that builds in texture and dynamic. Concluding with our returning fanfare motif the piece then builds in momentum towards our finale section.This finale is a technical showcase which will further test the playing ability and stamina of soloists, small groups and the full ensemble. Using prominent musical themes heard throughout this piece the music builds to a glorious conclusion fitting with wonderful constellation.

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days
  • £69.95

    Masquerade - Score and Parts - Philip Wilby

    The first performance took place on the 4th. September 1993 at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester during the British Open Brass Band Championships.Note by Philip Wilby:Masquerade is a centenary tribute to Verdi’s last opera Falstaff and takes its final scene as the basis for my own piece. Thus I have used some of Verdi’s music, and some of Shalespeare’s plot, and woven them into a fabric with highly demanding music of my own to produce a work in the great tradition of operatically-based brass band pieces. Such scores date from the very beginnings of band repertory and are often not direct arrangements in the established sense but new compositions produced in homage to a past master. They may still offer performers and audience alike something familiar interwoven with something new. My own piece reuses some elements from the original story:• . .Falstaff has been caught in a web of his own lies by the ladies of the town, who propose to teach him a lesson. The story opens at night in Windsor Great Park. The plotters, variously disguised in Hallowe’en fashion (as fairies,elves hobgoblins etc!) assemble in the park to await Falstaff’s arrival (musicologists will, perhaps, note a rare use of ‘large bottle in F’ being used during this scene of suppressed alcoholic revelry!). Falstaff’s companions, Bardolph,Piston and Robin, enter (represented here by the three trombones!), and are variously abused by the masqueraders. At the height of the Tout an alarm sounds and Falstaff (euphonium cadenza) enters as Midnight strikes. From a safe hiding place he watches as the disguised Nanetta (principal comet) sings a serene solo as the moon appcars above the trees. With sudden force the others seize him and drag him from his hiding place. As in the traditional game ‘Blind Man’s Buff’, he is roughly turned seven times (a sequence of solo accelerandi) until, at last, he recognizes his assailants as his sometime friends. Far from complaining, Verdi’s character concludes the opera with a good-humoured fugue on the words.... ‘All the World’s a Joke... Every mortal laughs at the others, But he laughs best who has the final laugh. Philip Wilby.

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days
  • £34.95

    Masquerade - Score Only - Philip Wilby

    The first performance took place on the 4th. September 1993 at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester during the British Open Brass Band Championships.Note by Philip Wilby:Masquerade is a centenary tribute to Verdi’s last opera Falstaff and takes its final scene as the basis for my own piece. Thus I have used some of Verdi’s music, and some of Shalespeare’s plot, and woven them into a fabric with highly demanding music of my own to produce a work in the great tradition of operatically-based brass band pieces. Such scores date from the very beginnings of band repertory and are often not direct arrangements in the established sense but new compositions produced in homage to a past master. They may still offer performers and audience alike something familiar interwoven with something new. My own piece reuses some elements from the original story:• . .Falstaff has been caught in a web of his own lies by the ladies of the town, who propose to teach him a lesson. The story opens at night in Windsor Great Park. The plotters, variously disguised in Hallowe’en fashion (as fairies,elves hobgoblins etc!) assemble in the park to await Falstaff’s arrival (musicologists will, perhaps, note a rare use of ‘large bottle in F’ being used during this scene of suppressed alcoholic revelry!). Falstaff’s companions, Bardolph,Piston and Robin, enter (represented here by the three trombones!), and are variously abused by the masqueraders. At the height of the Tout an alarm sounds and Falstaff (euphonium cadenza) enters as Midnight strikes. From a safe hiding place he watches as the disguised Nanetta (principal comet) sings a serene solo as the moon appcars above the trees. With sudden force the others seize him and drag him from his hiding place. As in the traditional game ‘Blind Man’s Buff’, he is roughly turned seven times (a sequence of solo accelerandi) until, at last, he recognizes his assailants as his sometime friends. Far from complaining, Verdi’s character concludes the opera with a good-humoured fugue on the words.... ‘All the World’s a Joke... Every mortal laughs at the others, But he laughs best who has the final laugh. Philip Wilby.

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days