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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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    On Winter Hill - Dan Price

    Winter Hill is situated in the North West of England within the West Pennine Moors. It is a popular destination for walkers and on a clear day it offers views across Manchester, Liverpool, Blackpool, the Isle of Man, the Cumbrian Mountains and the Peak District. The hill is well named as there is an ever-present blusteriness even during the summer.On Winter Hill is an evocative concert item for solo euphonium and brass band which tells the story of a journey, in music, to the summit of the hill.The work opens with a quiet ostinato on solo cornets which is a musical interpretation of the swirling wind dancing around the peak of the summit. The wind is ever present on the hill and so is the ostinato building in volume and intensity as the journey progresses. The solo line uses modal writing and is fashioned as a ‘folksong without words' and gives work a feeling of melancholy and of ‘days gone by'. Perhaps the listener can imagine looking out from the side of the hill across the valley towards the now silent chimneys of industry.The summit of the hill is finally reached six bars before Figure G, which is the moment you walk into the wall of wind and sound that takes your breath away for a moment, but gives you an immense sense of achievement. The music here should be full and rich giving the soloist a moment to catch their breath. The work closes at the start of the descent from that moment you step off the peak of the hill and you are already back in a different world.

    Estimated delivery 5-7 days