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    The Year of the Dragon - Philip Sparke

    The highlight of Cory’s centenary celebrations throughout 1984 was a concert held in St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, in March. The band, with the aid of funds provided by the Welsh Arts Council, commissioned Philip Sparke to write a work for first performance at this concert. The result was “The Year of the Dragon” of which the composer writes:“At the time I wrote The Year of the Dragon, Cory had won two successive National Finals and I set out to write a virtuoso piece to display the talents of this remarkable band to the full.”The work is in three movements:TOCCATA opens with an arresting side drum figure and snatches of themes from various sections of the band, which try to develop until a broad and powerful theme from the middle of the band asserts itself. A central dance-like section soon gives way to the return of this theme, which subsides until faint echoes of the opening material fade to a close.INTERLUDE takes the form of a sad and languid solo for trombone. A chorale for the whole band introduces a brief spell of optimism but the trombone solo returns to close the movement quietly.FINALE is a real tour-de-force for the band with a stream of rapid semi-quavers running throughout the movement. The main theme is heroic and march-like but this is interspersed with lighter, more playful episodes. A distant fanfare to the sound of bells is introduced and this eventually returns to bring the work to a stirring close.

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    The Year of the Dragon (Brass Band - Score and Parts) - Sparke, Philip

    Butlins 2018 Champsionship Section.Recorded on Polyphonic QPRL051D EUROPEAN BRASS BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS 1992.Movement 2 Recorded on Polyphonic QPRL227D SHOUT! (Brett Baker - Trombone & the PolySteel Band)

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  • £29.95

    The Year of the Dragon (Brass Band - Score only) - Sparke, Philip

    Butlins 2018 Champsionship Section.Recorded on Polyphonic QPRL051D EUROPEAN BRASS BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS 1992.Movement 2 Recorded on Polyphonic QPRL227D SHOUT! (Brett Baker - Trombone & the PolySteel Band)

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    Hail the Dragon! - Philip Sparke

    Its title, Hail the Dragon!, references a work Philip Sparke wrote in 1984, The Year of the Dragon. The piece opens with a lively and energetic fanfare. The mood becomes more subdued in the centre section as the cornet introduces a new theme that builds to an emotional climax. This leads into a recap of the opening fanfare which acts as a type of descant to short quotations from the last movement of The Year of the Dragon before reaching a thunderous finale.

    Estimated delivery 10-14 days

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    The Year of the Dragon - Philip Sparke

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  • £74.95

    CONTEST MUSIC (Brass Band - Score and Parts) - Heaton, Wilfred

    Butlins 2018 Champsionship Section. One of the three choices of set works. The others were Year of the Dragon (Sparke) and Concerto for Brass Band No.1 (Venables).

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    CONTEST MUSIC (Brass Band - Score only) - Heaton, Wilfred

    Butlins 2018 Championship Section. One of the three choices of set works. The others were Year of the Dragon (Sparke) and Concerto for Brass Band No.1 (Venables).

    Estimated delivery 12-14 days
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    Alchemists' Fire - Lucy Pankhurst

    An original composition from Lucy Pankhurst and Winner of the 2011 John Golland Award, receiving its premiere at the RNCM Festival of Brass that same year.It is a complex, energetic and invigorating major work for brass band, and one which rightly demands attention through its intricate scoring, impact-making effects and bubbling brilliance!Comments from the composer on the work’s title and its multi-purpose influence and inspiration upon her composition:“The phrase “Alchemists’ Fire” has several possible connotations:Firstly, Alchemists' Fire is a magical weapon featured in the Dungeons & Dragon role playing game. It is a potion, so can be used to splash, throw or pour onto a target, dealing fire damage if it hits successfully.The second possible meaning comes from an historical source, where it was also known as Greek Fire, from which the D&D element takes its influence. This was an incendiary weapon used by the Byzantine Empire, typically used in naval battles to great effect, as it could continue to burn on water. It provided a technological advantage and was responsible for many key Byzantine victories. The manufacture of this 'fire' was kept a deadly secret; so much so that the formula was eventually lost and contemporary scientists and historians can only speculate at what the chemical make-up might have been.The final implication is a much more visual and sensory concept; that of the fire actually used by the Alchemist in his work - raging, dangerous and white-hot. Some sections of the work reflect the idea of 'magic' and ongoing experiments, some successful, some failing dangerously, in a cacophony of pops, fizzes and explosions amidst furious heat and brief moments of calm as the fire slowly cools, sizzling with residual components and elemental energy.”

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