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    The Reason - Douglas Robb - Steve Cortland

    Estimated delivery 14 working days

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  • £28.86

    Satire Against Reason - Michael Nyman

    Estimated delivery 5-10 working days
  • £28.86

    SATIRE AGAINST REASON (Brass Band) - Nyman, Michael - Parkinson, John

    from the movie Libertine. Please note: Percussion tacet.

    Estimated delivery 10-14 working days
  • £40.80

    Moon River - Christopher Bond

    Moon River is the title song of the famous 1961 motion picture Breakfast at Tiffany's. Over the years the song was covered by many major stars, turning it into an absolute evergreen around the world. The beauty of the melody is also suited for mellow sounding instruments like the Eb horn; a great reason to make this version for brass band and horn. This arrangement of Moon River received its premiere as part of Tongwynlais Temperance Band's winning 2017 Welsh Open programme, with soloist Emily Evans winning the soloist prize. The arrangement was since featured on Cory Band's CD release 'Destination Moon', recorded by Ailsa Russell.

    Estimated delivery 5-7 days
  • £29.71

    Vissi d'arte - Christopher Bond

    Vissi d'arte is a soprano aria from act 2 of the opera Tosca, by Giacomo Puccini. It is sung by Floria Tosca in total anguish, in the form of a prayer to God, asking 'why he rewards her thus?'. Just before the aria is performed (and the reason for its presence) Baron Scarpia, the chief of police, tells Tosca that in order to save her lover Cavaradossi's life, she must sleep with him. Vissi d'arte is Tosca's cry of anguish; she reasons that although she has never done anything wrong, she is still being faced with an impossible choice: either way, she will have to betray Cavaradossi, in the form of sleeping with another man, or not doing everything she could to save his life. This arrangement was made for Rose Hancock and City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) Brass Band for their performance at the 2020 Welsh Open Entertainment Contest.

    Estimated delivery 5-7 days
  • £29.71

    Song of the Night Sky - Christopher Bond

    Orpheus is known as the most talented music player of the ancient times. It is said that god Apollo was his father, from whom took his extreme talent in music, and the Muse Calliope was his mother. Tragedy struck when his wife, Eurydice stepped on a viper which in turn bit her, injecting its fatal venom. Nothing could stop his cries of anguish and sheer pain and sorrow upon realizing his beautiful Eurydice was dead. Orpheus decided to go into the Underworld to get his wife back. Apollo, his father, would talk to Hades, the god of the Underworld to accept him and hear his plea. And so Orpheus set off into the Underworld and was warned that for no reason must he look back while his wife was still in the dark, for that would undo everything he hoped for. As Orpheus was reaching the exit of the Underworld, he could hear the footfalls of his wife approaching him. As his was approaching the exit, his heart was beating faster and faster. The moment he stepped on the world of the living, he turned his head to hug his wife. Unfortunately, he got only a glimpse of Eurydice before she was once again drawn back into the underworld. When Orpheus turned his head, Eurydice was still in the dark, she hadn't seen the sun and, was drowned back to the dark world of the dead. Waves of anguish and despair swept over him and shuddering with grief he approached the Underworld again but this time, he was denied entry, the gates were standing shut and god Hermes, sent by Zeus, wouldn't let him in. His songs were no more joyful but extremely sad. His only comfort was to lay on a huge rock and feel the caress of the breeze, his only vision were the open skies. Song of the Night Sky was recorded by Tom Hutchinson and the Cory Band in June 2015, featuring on his debut solo album.

    Estimated delivery 5-7 days
  • £55.25

    Be Still my Soul

    Be Still my Soul is a Christian hymn taken from Jean Sibelius' tone poem, Finlandia, written in 1899 and 1900. In this arrangement by James McFadyen, Be Still my Soul is written in a new colourful style whilst retaining the beautiful aesthetic of the hymn.Performance Hints & TipsFocus on creating a warm broad sound, especially when the timbre comes from the full band colour as a whole.Look closely at the voicing of the chords; there are several very subtle harmonic moments, including the use of delayed suspensions. This is evident in some of the horn writing.There are many times, particularly in the latter half, where the use of ascending/descending scales, suspensions and tetrachords all play a significant part of propelling the music in a forward direction. Ensure these phrases are well balanced within the band sound; being subtle in a few places and bringing them into the foreground in others.The chord voicing are often very close, meaning that the dissonant notes are a very short distance (often a semitone away) from a consonant note. For this reason, the general balance of intonation and tuning should remain a top priority for conductors.Community bands should definitely not be discouraged in performing this brass band arrangement, in fact many such bands of this standard have performed Be Still my Soul in concert and on the contest stage with great results, such as Whitworth Vale & Healey Youth Brass Band with their performance at the NWABBA Youth Championships on 22nd October 2016. Conductors will achieve beautiful results by ensuring that performers are encouraged to play with confidence and put their trust in the note combinations.

    Estimated delivery 5-7 days
  • £55.25

    Celestial Sun - James McFadyen

    Celestial Sun is fanfare built around a single motif, and although not a minimalist piece in form, it certainly has the nuts and bolts of a basic minimalist style. There is some interesting part-writing, and particular sections include the horns and percussion.Celestial Sun is a brass band piece that will suit bands that are confident with rhythmic music; there is no complex rhythms in the piece but in order for the piece to work, the rhythmic drive has to be spot-on. If not performed with the right kind of precision, the piece is likely to sound more like a stilted march, rather than an energetic fanfare.For this reason, bandleaders who are looking to develop their band will find this piece to be good training ground, with the view of performance in the concert hall.

    Estimated delivery 5-7 days
  • £55.25

    Dreams are to be Without Motion - James McFadyen

    This soprano cornet solo does not dwell on dull or poetic musical lines. Instead, Dreams are to be Without Motion gets going with a highly groovy melody, which is both funky and lyrical. This solo will suit soprano players look from a welcome break from the staple slow solos, and give the soloist the opportunity to let loose with foot-tapping motifs.The band parts are not difficult but they are not altogether straight forward either; for this reason, this solo is ideal for bands of 3rd section standard and upwards.

    Estimated delivery 5-7 days