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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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    Abide with Me

    This world-famous hymn is taken from original melody by William Henry Monk (1823-1889), known as Eventide. In this brass band arrangement of Abide with Me, the hymn is first heard as brass quartet, then the rest of the band join, building to a powerful and emotional close.What are the lyrics to Abide with Me?The first verse of Abide with Me is usually sung as follows:Abide with me, fast falls the eventideThe darkness deepens Lord, with me abideWhen other helpers fail and comforts fleeHelp of the helpless, oh, abide with me.Performance Hints & TipsAt the beginning, it may considered to have the quartet of players stand at the front of the band to play the opening verse, or have them sat to one side of the band.Although tutti band comes-in in the second verse, remember that there is considerable build-up to come, and to reserve the full-power playing for when it's truly required.In the final verse, there is many interesting strands of counterpoint and interest; always ensure that as each point of interest is sounded, attention be drawn to it. It will not be difficult for the conductor to see the connecting strands dispersed throughout the band colours.The final chord does not sound as if it has resolved. This is deliberate. For maximum sonic effect, play it strongly and confidently as if it were a fully-resolved cadence. Some conductors may wish to add an allargando on the semiquavers that lead into the last note.

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    The Cotton Mill Worker - Aaron Wolfe

    Written for the 2014 Sonic Fusion Festival at the University of Salford, The Cotton Mill Worker is a work for brass band and optional narration. The poem is written by Peter Clarke, especially for this composition, and is based around the life of those who worked in the cotton mills throughout the North West, in particular the county of Lancashire and the neighbouring county of Greater Manchester.

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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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    Vanguard - James McFadyen

    An exciting cornet solo in fast-slow-fast form, written as the title track to Iain Culross' debut studio album. Cornettists will enjoy the challenge of this modern cornet solo, which challenges dexterity, musicality and range, which is more akin to trumpet range.The tone of Vanguard is dark, brutal but somehow very poetic, particularly in the middle movement, where there is a particular Scottish flavour in the writing.Experienced conductors will note some subtle moments in the harmony, where the composer has juxtaposed light and dark moments, and in one particular bar, the unfolding of the harmony that moves the sonic balance from warmly-dark to warmly-cute. With this in mind, Vanguard is not only a showcase for the cornet soloist, but also a test of musicianship and sense of the dramatic from the band and conductor.

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