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  1. Cast Adrift on a Bruise-Coloured Ocean (Concert Band)
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    Cast Adrift on a Bruise-Coloured Ocean (Concert Band)

    Starting simply, this descriptive work builds over time with complex rhythms and clever orchestration. The score requires a highly competent percussion section (including multiple mallet players) and includes a significant part for organ.
  2. Chilkoot Pass Overture (Concert Band)
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    Chilkoot Pass Overture (Concert Band)

    This is an original work depicting a prospector’s journey to the Yukon gold fields during the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1890s. This composition is loosely arranged in 3 movements. The opening fanfare depicts the grandeur of the Coast Mountains leading to the first theme describing the anticipation and excitement of the journey ahead. In the second movement the tempo slows, the mood becomes more reflective to illustrating the emotions felt being away from family and friends during this arduous journey. The third movement signals the arrival in Dawson City and the renewed excitement of striking it rich during the great adventure known as the Klondike Gold Rush.
  3. Conflict (Concert Band)
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    Conflict (Concert Band)

    The deliberately ambiguous title of Conflict is wide-ranging in its meaning. For some it could mean the scenario of an all out war, for others a small-scale, perhaps domestic dispute. It could also have a purely musical meaning of tension and release. I wanted to leave the final interpretation to the listener.
  4. Eight Warm Ups for Concert Band
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    Eight Warm Ups for Concert Band

    Canadian Composer Ty Watson offers the perfect solution for conductors and bands who are tired of the same old scales, long note exercises and chorales. He's arranged eight new warm ups for wind (concert) band based on familiar tunes. Nothing to stretch the band's technique so appropriate for all levels. A great beginning to every rehearsal!
  5. Greezy (Concert Band)
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    Greezy (Concert Band)

    An original work for Grade 1 wind band.
  6. March of the Centurions (Concert Band)
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    March of the Centurions (Concert Band)

    An attractive, original march for early stage school or youth band. The scoring enables a satisfying performance even if the youth band doesn't the instrumentation to play full concert band scores.
  7. Songs of Newfoundland (Concert Band)
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    Songs of Newfoundland (Concert Band)

    A selection of traditional folk songs from the Canadian island province of Newfoundland.
  8. Prelude and Fanfare

    Prelude and Fanfare takes its inspiration from a piece of NASA video footage, where a camera is attached to a piece of debris and jettisoned into space from the space shuttle. Initially, the camera captures images of the shuttle flying off into the distance and out of sight and images of Earth from outer space, as the debris floats around. The Earth's magnetic field takes hold of the debris and it re-enters the atmosphere, gathering speed and plummeting towards the Earth all the while capturing video images of its journey. The work is a musical reflection of this journey, starting with a ‘weightless' lontano section. At figure A the trombones imitate the magnetic pull of the earth and bring the seemingly abstract musical sounds into a coherent direction. Figure C is a musical representation of the entry into the earth's atmosphere, and the brisk tempo and rhythmic quality of the main theme should convey images of accelerated speed and excitement which eventually climaxes to the inevitable final "thud" of both the musical and documented journey. This musical study explores the use of minimalist techniques and ideas within the confines of the brass band idiom. The overall structure of the piece is based on the shape of a crescendo, starting at the softest level the ensemble is capable of, finishing at the greatest. Within this structure smaller crescendo sections determine the different segments of the overall work.
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  9. New World Sketches

    New World Sketches is a descriptive journey through the landscapes and images of America in the early part of the 20th century. The images and caricatures chosen epitomize all that is the ‘New World', and the musical language draws upon influences of sound and technique that American composers have introduced into the musical vocabulary. Includes: Sidewalk - The work opens with a busy street scene of 1930's New York, and the hustle and bustle of the city can be heard through percussive scoring of car hooters, trams and pedestrians going about their business, featuring elements of George Gershwin's American In Paris and Rhapsody in Blue. There is the sound of a Broadway show, a glimpse of a ‘Tom and Jerry' cartoon and the smoky sounds of Harlem. The Deep South - As the subtitle suggests, the second movement of New World Sketches evokes images of the 1890's Deep South beginning with a simple spiritual. Played first on unaccompanied solo euphonium the melody is then joined by bass trombone, depicting a slave "work song". An increase in tempo and a resounding tubular bell announces the arrival of a steam locomotive complete with "Love Chime" whistle. Rodeo - The final movement steers away from the jazz influences synonymous in America's musical history and turns towards the music of Aaron Copland for inspiration. The opening unison tune, played on piccolo, flutes, oboe, bassoon, tenor sax, trumpet and trombone accompanied by extensive poly-chords, creates a big-country sound while the fast pseudo-Irish Jig provides the energy and flair of a rodeo. New World Sketches is conceived as a single work however each movement works independently if so desired.
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  10. Caught in the Web

    The piece begins with the introduction of the two themes, with the building of the tarantella being interspersed with passages foretelling the fly and its demise.

    This more abstract form leads into a chase, then subsequent capture of the fly. By letter ‘O’ the helpless fly is caught in the web getting stuck further and further as the tempo slows. Last flutterings come from piccolo trills. A solemn funeral march begins with the plaintive Cor Anglais taking the lead; the spider lurks in the background. The music reaches a dissonant climax and the section closes with a lament.

    Our recurring horn call in augmented fifths sounds again but now at a livelier tempo, and the call is answered by a warm response from the trombones. The tarantella rhythm leads us to the finale in which I employ previous motifs, but within a new Lydian mode tonality, and this lifts us to a triumphant ending. ‘The ascent to heaven’, with its rising legato lines based on the former ‘fly motif’, shows us that after the hurry of life and the shock and sadness of death there are always far, far better things to come.

  11. Weird Sisters

    Weird Sisters ‘something wicked this way comes’ celebrates the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death and takes its inspiration from Macbeth: Act 4, scene 1.

    The three witches (Weird Sisters) are stirring the bubbling cauldron, ready for Macbeth’s arrival. The second witch says ‘Something wicked this way comes’ as Macbeth knocks on the door, to find out his destiny.

  12. Lyrisk Dans (Lyric Dance)

    Lyric Dance is one of Okkenhaug's best known pieces for orchestra. The work was composed in 1937 and won him first prize in a national composition contest. This symphonic music is in the style of Grieg and has been arranged for wind band by Ray Farr.
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