"Play a Simple Melody" is a song from the 1914 musical, "Watch Your Step"; the first stage musical that Berlin wrote. It is one of the few true examples of counterpoint in American popular music. First a "simple melody" plays alone; this is then followed by a jaunty contrasting melody, and finally, the two melodies play together, each with independent lyrics. Another example of this genre is "(I wonder why) You're Just in Love", also available for Brass Band from Wobbleco Music.
A great example of the compositional genius of Irving Berlin, with not one but two strong melodies, each independently capable of success, intertwined and used in counterpoint to each other. Good fun! See also 'Play a Simple Melody' also available from Wobbleco Music.
Song for the Skies was commissioned by Tuba virtuoso Les Neish and was given its world premier on the December 9th 2010 with the James Madison University Brass Band in Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA.Les asked me to compose a slow melody that highlights the wonderful sonorous sound of the Tuba. I am a big fan of Les and of the instrument and knowing the capabilities of Les as a soloist I wanted to experiment with the range and colour of the instrument in this solo.After a warm introduction from the ensemble the soloist enters almost timeless over the muted cornets. The melody when it is first heard has a somewhat haunting Celtic feel to it. It is intentionally marked as con rubato so that the soloist can really put their own musical stamp on the music. As the haunting melody repeats again this time in a change of key the accompaniment takes more of a role within the piece of music performing counter melodies within this second section.The middle of the piece introduces a new secondary melodic device that serves as an introduction to the original melody played in all its glory by the ensemble. This dies away to leave the second half of the melody in the euphoniums and baritones as the soloist plays a soaring counter melody in the highest register of the instrument.The piece starts to return home with a recapitulation of the introduction followed by the second part of the original melody by the soloist. After a momentary reflective solo from the soloist the introduction is used for a final time before the tuba guides us home to conclude.For the soloist, there are a number of occasions where the opportunity to play in the upper register of the instrument arises. However, I have also given the opportunity for the soloist to play various passages down the octave so it suits the performers playing style and range.Song for the Skies is very simple yet beautiful and I feel it suits the playing of the Eb Tuba perfectly. I hope you enjoy performing it.Paul Lovatt-CooperEstimated delivery 12-14 days
This piece comprises the second and third movements of my Concerto for Flugelhorn and Brass Band, commissioned in 2009 by Dr. Robert Childs for his Daughter-in-law, Joanne Childs, to play with the National Youth Brass Band of Wales.Cast in simple A-B-A form, the Meditation consists of a song-like melody contrasted with a more animated middle section, followed by a cadenza for soloist which leads to the Dance, which is a lively jig.Rodney Newton - 2013 THIS WORK HAS BEEN RECORDED BY JOANNE CHILDS WITH THE CORY BAND UNDER THE ALTERNATIVE TITLE "SONG AND DANCE"Estimated delivery 3-5 days
Good Night Suite is written for beginning band and suitable for the youngest musicians.The level of difficulty is at lowest grade and the rhythms are equal in all wind parts. The register on each instrument is also customized to each part.Some easy solos appears in some sections and in Mvt. 4 there are different rhythm in the melody and bass parts.The level of difficulty is the same for all five movements. The movements may of course be played as single pieces. When all movements are mastered it's possible to play the suite as a kind of fairytale with simple dramaturgy or choreography. Maybe the whole band can be dressed in their pajamas?Estimated delivery 10-14 days