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    Nutcracker March - Tchaikovsky - Geoff Colmer

    First performed in 1882, the Nutcracker Suite (which included this march) was a huge success and became highly popular. The march features in the ballet when the children march around the tree on Christmas eve, filled with excitement and anticipation of the next morning. Some great lip slurs for the Solo Cornets whilst Basses have moving staccato quavers to keep them occupied.

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  • £34.95

    Go! - Christian Overhead

    Commissioned by The Flowers Band for their Brass in Concert and (winning) Butlins set, 'Go!' is an energetic opener originally written to depict the excitement and anticipation of sitting down to start everyone's favourite (and after a short while, least favourite) board game, Monopoly.Driven by the drum kit and a vaguely ragtime-esque motif in the middle band, the first focal point is a brief determined hook thumped out by the trombones and basses. The spotlight is then briefly shone on a handful of soloists - tenor horn, cornet, baritone, and everyone's favourite (and after a short while, least favourite) duo, soprano and bass trombone. After a reinstatement of the hook, the piece goes against the usual flow of the game by coming to a thrilling conclusion, ending on a high note and, hopefully, rapturous applause!

    Estimated delivery 3-5 days
  • £34.95

    Diversions after Henry Purcell - Jonathan Bates

    Composed for Robert Childs and the Foden's Band, this work sets out, in sentiment, to imitate Benjamin Britten's, The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. The music takes inspiration from the life and works of Henry Purcell - a composer synonymous with brass through his compositions for the court. It features every section of the brass band in a variety of styles, in anticipation of a triumphant Fugue.I - Pride & Prejudice: In much the same way as Britten's ‘Young Person's Guide' the work begins with Purcell's famous Rondeau, music used in several period screen settings, including the adaptation of Jane Austen's beloved novel, Pride & Prejudice.II - Devil's Acre refers to Purcell's birthplace, Westminster and showcases devilish technique from the cornet section.III - The Royal Organist features the horn section, and whilst the music takes its inspiration from Purcell's Te Deum, its title comes from a painting at Westminster Abbey, where Purcell himself was organist for many years.IV - "Full Fathom Five" features the virtuosity and range of the euphonium and baritone section and takes its title from music Purcell wrote for Shakespeare's play, The Tempest. It is a catchphrase deriving from a verse passage, beginning with those words, during a storm and shipwreck, where the water is about 30 feet (five fathoms) deep.V - Remember Me is the subtitle of Dido's Lament from Dido and Aeneas - Purcell's first opera. Here the trombones and basses remember Purcell, who passed away at the young age of 36.VI - That Blessed Place is reflective and takes its title from Purcell's epitaph at Westminster, which reads: "Here lies Henry Purcell Esq., who left this life and is gone to that Blessed Place where only His harmony can be exceeded."VII - Celebration takes the form of a Fugue and eventually brings the music to a close in much the same way as it started, with a grand reprise of Purcell's famous Rondeau.

    Estimated delivery 3-5 days
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    Intrada for Band - Dean Jones

    Intrada for Band was composed as a concert opener that would immediately catch the attention of the listener. The music utilises stately, fanfare-like patterns, to open with flair and anticipation. The central section features the melodies 'Joyful, Joyful' (from Beethoven's 9th Symphony) and 'Praise My Soul', arranged in a medium rock style, which builds to an exciting conclusion.

    Estimated delivery 3-5 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
  • £49.99

    Olympic Fanfare and Theme - James Curnow

    Dramatic fanfares announce a flowing main theme,creating an atmosphere of exhilaration and anticipation.Commissioned for the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympics,Olympic Fanfare and Theme will make a brilliant opener forany occasion

    Estimated delivery 5-10 working days
  • £54.99

    Images for Brass - Stephen Bulla

    Stephen Bullas highly descriptive work was written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, which took place between the 19th February and 26th March 1945.Casualties on both the American and Japanese sides were horrendously high before the famous image of the raising of the flag on top of Mount Suribachi signalled the end of one of the most significant and terrifying Pacific conflicts of the SecondWorld War.The work received its first performance by the brass choir of the U.S. Marine Band at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. and is divided into four programmatic sections.The first portrays the sense of anticipation before conflict (Prologue), before the arduous journey to the scene of the battle (Approach by Sea) is followed by introspection and prayer featuring the hymn tune Melita (Chorale Prayer), andfinally, the hostile confrontation itself (Engagement).There are frequent references to the Marines Hymn and the US National Anthem, particularly in the closing bars, depicting the ultimate raising of the American flag.

    Estimated delivery 5-10 working days

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    Olympic Fanfare and Theme (Brass Band - Score and Parts) - Curnow, James

    Dramatic trumpet fanfares announce a flowing main theme, creating an atmosphere of exhilaration and anticipation. Commissioned for the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympics, Olympic Fanfare and Theme will make a brilliant opener for any occasion. Duration: 3.30

    Estimated delivery 5-10 working days
  • £35.00

    The Very Best Time of Year (Euphonium Solo with Brass Band - Score and Parts) - Rutter, John - Griffiths, David

    This new arrangement for Solo Euphonium & brass band by David Griffiths, truly evokes that feeling of nostalgia and longing anticipation of the joyous season and is a true celebration of all that we love about Christmas time! Suitable for 4th Section Bands and above

    Estimated delivery 5-10 working days

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    The Pilgrim - Josiah Walters

    Josiah describes his composition‘The Pilgrim’ as a journey of development and emotion, encompassing three key stages of emotional state: from the opening sounds which are full of anticipation and uncertainty, through to a passage of disillusionment and frustration, then moving on to a concluding stage which reintroduces the positive elements of the opening optimism, yet closing quietly, symbolizing an inner peace and contentment at the end of the musical journey.The composer’s emotive approach to the creation of the work embraces a wealth of passion, anguish and enlightenment. Through his use of imaginative melody, themes and harmonic texture, Josiah has represented a collection of powerful emotions. Essentially non-programmatic, the piece opens in a contemplative manner, building with enthusiasm, and first introducing the use of bells and bell effects as a musical metaphor which is used throughout the piece to signify the journey’s destination.As the sentiment continues, the music evolves in to an Allegro Furioso section, opening up a strong sense of frustration. At this section’s climax, the symbolic use of the bells is reintroduced to create an over-tone of hope and purpose, although this does not last long as they fade into the Misterioso Molto Rubato section.As the melodies and harmonies develop onwards, ‘The Pilgrim’ evolves into a more reflective phase, reintroducing the sounds and motifs of the more strident opening.This closing section symbolizes the realisation that everything needed was already available to The Pilgrim, but travelling the journey, confronting and overcoming all of the challenges was the only route of discovery – peacefulness prevails, bringing the work to a close with a sense of contentment and enlightenment.’The Pilgrim’, highly emotive in its creation, offers a wealth of musical imagery.Even to the uninformed listener, this fascinating, powerful and beautiful work stirs and stimulates a variety of emotional reactions – offering each listener an opportunity to apply the music to their own journey, their own personal pilgrimage.

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