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    13.7 Billion Years Earlier - James McFadyen

    Brass band sheet music by James McFadyen. Listen to the glorious sound of the Central Ohio Brass Band perform this grand and magical fanfare. Described as a fanfare tone poem, 13.7 Billion Years Earlier tells the story of the beginning of our universe, the big bang. Based around the note of concert Db, this is poetic brass band music with flowing melodic lines and deep evocative harmonies, gradually building to glorious and magical ending. Since the conception of this music, the most recent accurate measurement of the universe is now 13.8 billion years old.What is the Big Bang?The Big Bang is the leading theory of how our universe came to be. All of space, time and matter in our universe was created at that moment. Everything you see around you comes from that moment 13.8 billion years ago. The term "big bang" was coined by Fred Hoyle (1915-2001), a British astronomer who supported the opposing theory of the time - Steady State Theory.At the heart of the Big Bang theory is Inflation, as developed by Alun Guth (b.1947).Over the years, the evidence to support the Big Bang theory mounted up, and has been so consistent with the model that to argue against the big bang would require a substantial amount of opposing evidence not yet observed.Evidence to support the Big Bang theory includes (amongst others) pigeon droppings at the big ear telescope in Ohio (USA), WMAP image of the universe and the discovery of redshift demonstrating the expanding universe.More Space Brass Band Sheet Music2019 marks 50 years of the first moon landing. If you're looking for original music for brass band with a space theme, you're at the right place. If you like 13.7 Billion Years Earlier and looking for something along the same lines, The Pale Blue Dot by the same composer is the perfect choice. With it's 5/4 time signature and lyrical melody over a pulsing ostinato building to a heart-pumping ending, it's the perfect set of tones for your concert.For those after a more energetic piece, Magnus Hylander's Sunrise is sure to fit the bill. The calm and peaceful start is not unlike something from that of Philip Sparke, and when the piece gets going, it's a great concert piece that moves along at a fair pace.The "Wow!" Signal by James McFadyen is a 3-part concert work based on the 1977 signal found in the constellation of Sagittarius. In fast-slow-fast form, this original extended work is a great way to showcase your bands musical prowess whilst giving the audience a new sonic experience.

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    A Jingle Fantasy - James McFadyen

    This dark tale of Jingle Bells for brass band by James McFadyen is sure to give your seasonal concerts a touch of modernism, and will certainly create a bit of a talking point at your Christmas concerts. Although not immediately obvious as one to put on your public programmes, progressive bands will enjoy putting together a varied programme and including arrangements that shine a new light on old classics.History of Jingle BellsOriginally entitled One Horse Open Sleigh when composed in 1857 by American composer and songwriter James L. Pierpont (1822-1893), Jingle Bells has gone on to become one of the most recognisable Christmas songs of all time.Pierpont's lyrics remain largely untouched, but as you will notice from the following original text, there are a few differences:Dashing tho' the snow,In a one-horse open sleigh,O'er the hills we go,Laughing all the way;Bells on bob tail ring,Making spirits bright,Oh what sport to ride and singA sleighing song tonight.Special Features of this ArrangementIn typical McFadyen style, the original of Jingle Bells as-we-know-it is flipped on its head. The most arresting difference is the speed. The piece is a lot slower than the original, but there are numerous musical devices which keep the music pacing along, including short arpeggiated motifs on baritones and euphoniums.The overall sound of this arrangement of Jingle Bells is dark although, the most skillful of conductors will see the poetry in the music. There is much storytelling to tell here, which builds to a rather serious finale and then closes down with a series of effervescent chords in the lower band.For those looking for a more traditional arrangement of Jingle Bells, one can be found in James McFadyen's lovely medley of Christmas tunes, Christmas Sweets.

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    Concert Prelude - James McFadyen

    A lively concert opener by the pen of James McFadyen. Concert Prelude is in binary form and is in the style of a fanfare of two contrasting tones; the main theme is robust and strong, whilst the 2nd theme is light and playful.Although not a difficult piece, the accompanying vamp performed by most of the band has a particular set of articulations, that on first glance may seem awkward. Conductors will enjoy translating the articulated rhythm to their band, thus increasing their on-going development and performing Concert Prelude in a way that replicates the energy and excitement the composer intends.

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    Darwin's Genesis - James McFadyen

    Darwin's Genesis is a concert overture for brass band by James McFadyen. Although not meant as a descriptive piece, the title infers the Genesis of life through the work of Darwin, as proposed in his ground-breaking book, On the Origin of Species.In addition to the growing fossil record, DNA and geographical distribution of species have been the amongst some of the most significant evidence to the theory of evolution.

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    Elegy to the Victims of Iraq - James McFadyen

    Written in response to the Iraq conflict in 2003, James McFadyen has taken the popular tune Old Hundredth to make this piece a dedication to the victims.The iconic melody is shrouded in a mosaic of harmony, creating an intense melodious sound world. Being an elegy, the tone is sad throughout but the big homogenous sound feels welcoming and warm.

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    The Pale Blue Dot - James McFadyen

    Inspired by Carl Sagan's famed video, The Pale Blue Dot, James McFadyen composed this piece as a homage to Carl Sagan, who died in 1996. The piece is written in 5/4 and features a flowing melody which is both lyrical and full of melancholy. The piece soon builds to a grand and epic finale, and bands with a powerful soprano player will enjoy the full sonic experience The Pale Blue Dot delivers.Although could be programmed on the bandstand, for full effect, The Pale Blue Dot is best performed in the concert hall, where the full warmth of the sound can reverberate around the room.

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    The Ring of Brodgar - James McFadyen

    The Ring of Brodgar is a brass band work in the style of a Scottish folk tune. Written by James McFadyen as a homage to the stone circle in Orkney, Scotland, The Ring of Brodgar paints a brooding but highly poetic picture of this beautiful landscape.The Ring of Brodgar represents one of the most iconic and ancient of Orkney Island's heritage and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located on the sloping plateau on the Ness of Brodgar. The actual specific age has never been scientifically dated since it has never been fully excavated. However, it is generally agreed to have been erected there between 2500 BC and 2000 BC.The ring was built as a true circle that measures almost 104m in diameter, making it the 3rd largest stone circle in Britain. It was thought to originally contain 60 stones, although only 27 stand today, each stone standing at a height between 2.1m and 4.7m. The Ring of Brodgar is classed as a Neolithic henge and has a large ditch surrounding it. There is a north-west entrance and also one to the south-east.

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    Tower of Hope - James McFadyen

    Tower of Hope is an original brass band composition by the pen of James McFadyen, written in response to the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017.The piece is semi-programmatic; several strands of material overlap to produce a meaningful and heartfelt homage to the victims of the fire.The rolling quaver pattern signifies the stairway of the tower block, a siren-type effect is heard to pay homage to the Emergency services attending the blaze, and melody (of which there is only one of) represents the residents of the Grenfell Tower block.Tower of Hope culminates in taking the listener to the very top of the tower; the rolling quaver pattern stops and is replaced by cascading block chords, signifying the route to the very edge of the Grenfell block, when as the final chord strikes, the listener should visualise looking over the edge down to ground view, seeing the devastation from a birds-eye view.

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    Vive le Noir - James McFadyen

    Vive le Noir is a brass band march by James McFadyen. A balanced mixture of pomposity and darkness, with a Trio slightly akin to John Williams in style.Forming part of the Devilish Publishing 'NEW' March Journal, Vive le Noir was commissioned by Brass Noir in 2009 as their official theme tune.

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    A Little Christmas Treat - James McFadyen

    Combining The First Nowell with The Holly and the Ivy, A Little Christmas treat is a warm and cuddly romp for brass band. Once each of these carols is heard, the piece continues by superimposing both carols in different keys. Despite both carols not being in the same key, the result is startlingly harmonious!

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