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    CONCERTINO CATALONIA (Brass Band) - Bates, Jonathan

    Composed for the Flowers Band, this fiery paced Spanish showpiece stays true to the 'concertino' name by featuring many sections within the band. Percussion gives the piece its rhythmic drive, whilst there are a number of individual contributions, starting with euphoniums and baritones, before moving to flugel/solo horn and finally through to the cornets.Duration: 2:15 Grade: Intermediate-Difficult

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days
  • £64.95

    The Flowers of the Forest (Brass Band - Score and Parts) - Bennett, Richard Rodney - Hindmarsh, Paul

    In a preface to the score, the composer explains that ‘the folk song The Flowers of the Forest is believed to date from 1513, the time if the battle of Flodden, in the course of which the archers of the Forest (a part of Scotland) were killed almost to a man’. Bennett had already used the same tune in his Six Scottish Folksongs (1972) for soprano, tenor and piano, and it is the arrangement he made then that forms the starting-point for the brass-band piece. A slow introduction (Poco Adagio) presents the folk song theme three times in succession - on solo cornet, on solo cornets and tenor horns, and on muted ripieno cornets in close harmony - after which the work unfolds through five sections and a coda. Although played without a break, each of these five sections has its own identity, developing elements of the tune somewhat in the manner of variations, but with each arising from and evolving into the next. The first of these sections (Con moto, tranquillo) is marked by an abrupt shift of tonality, and makes much of the slow rises and falls characteristic of the tune itself. The tempo gradually increases, to arrive at a scherzando section (Vivo) which includes the first appearance of the theme in its inverted form. A waltz-like trio is followed by a brief return of the scherzando, leading directly to a second, more extended, scherzo (con brio) based on a lilting figure no longer directly related to the theme. As this fades, a single side drum introduces an element of more overtly martial tension (Alla Marcia) and Bennett says that, from this point on, he was thinking of Debussy’s tribute to the memory of an unknown soldier (in the second movement of En Blanc et noir, for two pianos). Bennett’s march gradually gathers momentum, eventually culminating in a short-lived elegiac climax (Maestoso) before the music returns full-circle to the subdued melancholy of the opening. The work ends with a haunting pianissimo statement of the original tune.

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days
  • £34.95

    The Flowers of the Forest (Brass Band - Score only) - Bennett, Richard Rodney - Hindmarsh, Paul

    In a preface to the score, the composer explains that ‘the folk song The Flowers of the Forest is believed to date from 1513, the time if the battle of Flodden, in the course of which the archers of the Forest (a part of Scotland) were killed almost to a man’. Bennett had already used the same tune in his Six Scottish Folksongs (1972) for soprano, tenor and piano, and it is the arrangement he made then that forms the starting-point for the brass-band piece. A slow introduction (Poco Adagio) presents the folk song theme three times in succession - on solo cornet, on solo cornets and tenor horns, and on muted ripieno cornets in close harmony - after which the work unfolds through five sections and a coda. Although played without a break, each of these five sections has its own identity, developing elements of the tune somewhat in the manner of variations, but with each arising from and evolving into the next. The first of these sections (Con moto, tranquillo) is marked by an abrupt shift of tonality, and makes much of the slow rises and falls characteristic of the tune itself. The tempo gradually increases, to arrive at a scherzando section (Vivo) which includes the first appearance of the theme in its inverted form. A waltz-like trio is followed by a brief return of the scherzando, leading directly to a second, more extended, scherzo (con brio) based on a lilting figure no longer directly related to the theme. As this fades, a single side drum introduces an element of more overtly martial tension (Alla Marcia) and Bennett says that, from this point on, he was thinking of Debussy’s tribute to the memory of an unknown soldier (in the second movement of En Blanc et noir, for two pianos). Bennett’s march gradually gathers momentum, eventually culminating in a short-lived elegiac climax (Maestoso) before the music returns full-circle to the subdued melancholy of the opening. The work ends with a haunting pianissimo statement of the original tune.

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days
  • £27.50

    ROMANI FIRE DANCE (Brass Band) - Bates, Jonathan

    Romani Fire Dance is a short, virtuosic tour-deforce for brass band. Taking its influence from Balkan music, the piece heavily features the whole comet section and xylophone with flurried semiquaver work throughout. This composition was the winning entry of Flowers Band's 2012 composition contest and was premiered as part of its winning performance at the 2012 Butlins Mineworker's Championships. Since the work is quite difficult, it is suitable for 1st section bands upwards.

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days
  • £60.00

    ROYAL FIREWORKS, Music from (Brass Band) - Handel, George Frideric - Blakeson, Don

    Handel's Music For The Royal Fireworks was composed in 1749 to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle and the end of the War of the Austrian Succession. The site chosen was the fashionable upper part of St. James Park, which was becoming known at that time as Green Park. The Green Park 'Machine', which housed the pyrotechnics was an elaborate affair adorned with "statues and other figures, festoons of flowers, and other lustres". It was announced that there would be some 10,000 rockets and other devices to be let off, all culminating in a grand, burning sun with 'Vivat Rex' at its centre. There were also rumours that the event was to be accompanied by an impressively large band of military music and mention was made of "40 trumpets, 20 french horns, 16 hautboys (oboes), 16 bassoons, 8 pairs of kettle drums, 12 side drums, a proper number of flutes and fifes; with 100 cannon to go off singly at intervals". It is unlikely that Handel had ever conceived such forces and it was merely the promoter's hyberbole, not least because it was unlikely that there were sufficient numbers of extra military musicians available that could read music, as most played from memory. It is also likely that Handel, and his publisher, were conscious that future performances would be hindered by such forces. The autographed score lists the instrumentation as 9 trumpets, 9 french horns, 24 hautboys, 12 bassoons, 3 pairs of kettle drums and up to 4 side drums. The work is in five movements, although Handel's original score did not indicate in which order they should be played. However, in this score they are arranged to be played as follows: Overture; Bouree; La Paix; Minuets; La Rejouissance. Duration: 19:00

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days

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  • £27.50

    Autumn Flowers - Greenwood, JA

    Includes a full band set (no score)

    In stock: Estimated delivery 1-2 days

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  • £29.95

    Let Freedom Ring - Jonathan Bates

    Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered as one of the most influential and inspirational African-American leaders in history. Through his activism and inspirational speeches, he played a pivotal role in ending legal segregation, and received the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition.In 1968, at only 39 years of age, Martin Luther King Jr. was tragically assassinated following a speech at the Mason Temple in Memphis. His life and work have been honoured with a national holiday, and through this work the composer pays musical tribute to the visionary leader who had a seismic impact on race relations throughout the United States."Let Freedom Ring" are words spoken by Martin Luther King Jr. during his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, and are the inspiration behind this work, commissioned by David Childs especially for Paul Richards and the Flowers Band, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's death.The world premiere, given by Paul Richards and Flowers under the baton of David Childs, formed part of Flowers Band's winning performance at 2018 Butlin's Mineworkers Championships, where Paul Richards also won the soloist prize.Let Freedom Ring can be heard on the 2018 CD release, Celebrate - 50 years of Flowers.

    Estimated delivery 3-5 days
  • £29.95

    He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven - Karl Jenkins - Tony Small

    Karl Jenkins composed this beautiful song for well-known singer Lesley Garrett (Soprano) using the famous poem by Irish poet W B Yeats, He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven.This was subsequently arranged for Penclawdd Brass Band by its Music Director, Tony Small, to accompany soprano Ros Evans in the band's 40th Anniversary Concert (2013) in the presence of the band's President Sir Karl Jenkins.Tony Small arranged a solo version for Bb Cornet which was first performed by Christopher Smith (Principal Cornet) in Penclawdd Band's Annual Concert of October, 2017. The band's former Principal Cornet, Gareth Small (Principal Trumpet of the famous Hall? Orchestra) gave the next performance with the Tredegar Band in January 2018 and it was subsequently recorded by the Flowers Band under the direction of David Childs and featuring cornetist Andrew Smith on the band's 50th Anniversary CD release - Celebrate!

    Estimated delivery 3-5 days
  • £34.95

    Upon the Celtic Cross - Jonathan Bates

    Upon the Celtic Cross is an effective opener, overture or finale to any programme. With choreography, special percussion effects, and impressive virtuosity showcasing the various sections of the band, this new concert work has great entertainment value and was used by the Flowers Band to close their 2014 Brass in Concert programme.The music brings together two of Ireland's rich musical trademarks. Ancient, almost cinematographic chant-like music sets the scene, before breaking out into the more widely recognised Irish dance style. These two elements combine towards the close which also features tribe-like singing within the band!

    Estimated delivery 3-5 days
  • £38.50

    Dance of the Comedians - Smetana, B - Newsome, R

    Typical Smetana, fast and furious, recorded on CD by Williams Fairy Engineering Band, Sun Life Band and Flowers Band – so an obvious favourite with conductor and players. Lots of semiquavers and sudden dynamic changes. An exciting finisher.2nd section +

    In stock: Estimated delivery 1-2 days

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