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  • £30.00

    LONDON OVERTURE, A (Brass Band Parts only) - Sparke, Philip

    2015 National Championships Regional Testpiece - 1st Section. Recorded on Polyphonic QPRL047D The Essence of Time, Polyphonic QPRL045D Making Tracks

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days
  • £25.00

    LONDON OVERTURE, A (Brass Band Score only) - Sparke, Philip

    2015 National Championships Regional Testpiece - 1st Section. Recorded on Polyphonic QPRL047D The Essence of Time, Polyphonic QPRL045D Making Tracks

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days
  • £54.95

    A London Overture - Philip Sparke

    Commissioned by the Dutch National Brass Band Championships for their 1984 contest, this work was appropriately selected for the 1991 European Championships held in Rotterdam.

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days
  • £24.95

    A London Overture - Score Only - Philip Sparke

    Commissioned by the Dutch National Brass Band Championships for their 1984 contest, this work was appropriately selected for the 1991 European Championships held in Rotterdam.

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days
  • £59.95

    The Land of the Long White Cloud (Aotearoa) - Philip Sparke

    Dating from 1979, The Land of the Long White Cloud (Aotearoa) was Philip Sparke’s first test-piece. It was commissioned by the New Zealand Brass Band Association for their 1980 National Championships (their centenary year) and set for the European Brass Band Championships, the same year, at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Aotearoa was the name given to New Zealand by its Polynesian settlers whose first sight of the islands was a long, flat cloud lying low over the land. The work has no specific programme although many have seen pictures of the surging ocean in the opening bars. A faster dance-like section leads to a slow, haunting solo for soprano cornet; this is taken up by the whole band before earlier material returns. The dance-like tune is, this time, given a fugal treatment and the opening bars return to close the work.Philip Sparke was born in London and studied composition, trumpet and piano at the Royal College of Music, where he gained an ARCM. It was at the College that his interest in bands arose. He played in the College wind orchestra and also formed a brass band among the students, writing several works for both ensembles.At that time, his first published works appeared – Concert Prelude (brass band) and Gaudium (wind band). A growing interest in his music led to several commissions, his first major one being this featured piece for the Centennial Brass Band Championships in New Zealand – The Land of the Long White Cloud. He has written for brass band championships in New Zealand, Switzerland, Holland, Australia and the UK, including three times for the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall.In September 2000, he was awarded the Iles Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians for his services to brass bands and in 2005 Music of the Spheres won the National Band Association/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest. In 2011, he received the BUMA International Brass Award for his contribution to brass music.His conducting and adjudicating activities have taken him to most European countries, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Canada and the USA. In May 2000, he took the major step of becoming a full-time composer by founding his own publishing company, Anglo Music Press. The company is devoted to publishing his brass band, concert band, fanfare band and instrumental publications as well as recordings dedicated to his latest works.

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days
  • £10.50

    PORTRAIT OF A CITY (Brass Band Extra Score) - Sparke, Philip

    Extra Score only. American Grade 4. Duration 14:20 Suite in 3 movements: 1. Skyline. 2. Autumn. 3. Downtown. In this exciting suite Philip Sparke sets out to capture the essence of his hometown, London, with each of the three movements depicting one of the many characteristics of this fascinating city. Skyline shows the frantic lifestyles of Londoners with millions of diverse people with different hopes and needs. Autumn shows the changes that take place in London during the different seasons and Downtown portrays the exciting nightlife of the West End. Recorded on AR012-3 A Portrait in Brass. 2011 National Championships Finals Test Piece - 2nd Section.

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days

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  • £77.00

    PORTRAIT OF A CITY (Brass Band Set - Score and Parts) - Sparke, Philip

    Score and Parts. American Grade 4. Duration 14:20 Suite in 3 movements: 1. Skyline. 2. Autumn. 3. Downtown. In this exciting suite Philip Sparke sets out to capture the essence of his hometown, London, with each of the three movements depicting one of the many characteristics of this fascinating city. Skyline shows the frantic lifestyles of Londoners with millions of diverse people with different hopes and needs. Autumn shows the changes that take place in London during the different seasons and Downtown portrays the exciting nightlife of the West End. Recorded on AR012-3 A Portrait in Brass. 2011 National Championships Finals 2nd Section Test Piece.

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  • £69.95

    Harmony Music - Philip Sparke

    Harmony Music was written for the Championship Section Finals of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain held at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in October 1987.It opens quietly with a long unison crescendo, interrupted by the basses, which in turn introduces a cornet fanfare, leading to a chorale-like episode, building from the lower half of the band to a huge tutti. There is a brief hint of faster music to come which fails to dispel a high, haunting euphonium solo before the main molto vivace arrives. This is a fast and furious gallop with a certain French flavour. This reaches a climax and subsides gradually into the slower central section (a homage to Maurice Ravel) which incorporates accompanied cadenzas for cornet and horn. The opening of the piece returns and leads back to an abbreviated recapitulation of the vivace. When it appears to be hurtling to a close, the trombones and sopranos introduce a brief moment of chaos before a presto coda asserts itself.

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days
  • £34.95

    Harmony Music - Score Only - Philip Sparke

    Harmony Music was written for the Championship Section Finals of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain held at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in October 1987.It opens quietly with a long unison crescendo, interrupted by the basses, which in turn introduces a cornet fanfare, leading to a chorale-like episode, building from the lower half of the band to a huge tutti. There is a brief hint of faster music to come which fails to dispel a high, haunting euphonium solo before the main molto vivace arrives. This is a fast and furious gallop with a certain French flavour. This reaches a climax and subsides gradually into the slower central section (a homage to Maurice Ravel) which incorporates accompanied cadenzas for cornet and horn. The opening of the piece returns and leads back to an abbreviated recapitulation of the vivace. When it appears to be hurtling to a close, the trombones and sopranos introduce a brief moment of chaos before a presto coda asserts itself.

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days
  • £11.63

    REGIONALS 2015 (Brass Band CD)

    Includes: Championship Section: The Torchbearer (Peter Graham)/Black Dyke Band; 1st Section: A London Overture (Philip Sparke)/Britannia Building Society Band; 2nd Section: Variations on Maccabeus (Kevin Norbury)/The International Staff Band; 3rd Section: Evolution: Five States of Change (Philip Sparke)/Cory Band; 4th Section: An English Pastorale (Dean Jones)/Brass Band de Waldsang.

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days