Made famous in its use on the Benny Hill Show, Yakety Sax has long been associated with comedy scenes. Now, arranged for the first time by Neville Buxton as a solo for any Bb instrument, some of that hilarity can now feature in your concerts! There's plenty of room for choreography to add to the spectacle, yet even without, this is one solo item that will have the audience wanting more!In stock: Estimated delivery 1-2 days
I always enjoy writing solos, because it is a new opportunity to compose a piece of music for an instrument to demonstrate its full musical capability. In ‘Canzona Bravura’ I was asked to compose something new and fresh for the euphonium that portrayed its technical ability and also the sonorous sound this fabulous instrument has to offer.The piece is in ternary form with sections A/B/A (fast/slow/fast). I wanted to write music that sounded fun to play and also music that the audience would enjoy listening to. I also wanted to give the music a more modern feel and so the relentless quaver pulse from the ensemble provides a continuous heartbeat for the soloist to sit on and show off its technical capability.The euphonium shows off its technical ability through the slurred quavers and running semiquavers. However, the lyrical playing which is prevalent throughout the slow B section gets an introduction during the fast A section at bar 38. It gives the listener a taste of the slow melody that is to come and also an opportunity to join the euphonium with its unfashionable cousin the baritone as they play a duet together.‘Canzona Bravura’ definitely offers plenty for the soloist to get their teeth into and also allows them the opportunity to enjoy their lyrical playing to the full. There is a lot of musical material which is passed between soloist and accompanying ensemble which forges a strong musical link within the music. It provides an excellent opportunity for the music to connect with soloist, ensemble and audience.Paul Lovatt-CooperEstimated delivery 12-14 days
A creative arrangement by Jon Bennett for full brass band, of this popular melody made famous originally as a solo piece by Eddie Calvert.This full brass band version offers an upbeat and varied alternative with plenty of style development and percussion interest. From its opening of the featured melody, the piece takes on a range of other new angles in its scoring, including little solo spotlights and some great jazz textures, making it a real item of interest. A guaranteed toe-tapper, and may even lead to an audience conga!Look and Listen (courtesy of Dronfield Band at Newark Castle 2013):In stock: Estimated delivery 1-2 days
"Isa Lei" is the beautiful song of farewell from Fiji, sung to departing visitors.Melodic and inspiring, its sweet notes rise in layers of hymn-like stanzas. The Fijians have plenty of practice singing on Sundays in church and one has only to attend a service to be wowed by their melodic harmonies. Their farewell song to you is therefore certain to arouse emotion. It was recorded in 1967 by the Australian folk singers The Seekers on their album "Roving With the Seekers." The group continues to perform and has just had its 50th anniversary, marred slightly by Judith Durham's recent ill health.