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  1. On Winter Hill

    Winter Hill is situated in the North West of England within the West Pennine Moors. It is a popular destination for walkers and on a clear day it offers views across Manchester, Liverpool, Blackpool, the Isle of Man, the Cumbrian Mountains and the Peak District. The hill is well named as there is an ever-present blusteriness even during the summer. On Winter Hill is an evocative concert item for solo euphonium and wind band which tells the story of a journey, in music, to the summit of the hill. The work opens with a quiet ostinato on clarinets which is a musical interpretation of the swirling wind dancing around the peak of the summit. The wind is ever present on the hill and so is the ostinato building in volume and intensity as the journey progresses. The solo line uses modal writing and is fashioned as a ‘folksong without words' and gives work a feeling of melancholy and of ‘days gone by'. Perhaps the listener can imagine looking out from the side of the hill across the valley towards the now silent chimneys of industry. The summit of the hill is finally reached six bars before Figure G, which is the moment you walk into the wall of wind and sound that takes your breath away for a moment, but gives you an immense sense of achievement. The music here should be full and rich giving the soloist a moment to catch their breath. The work closes at the start of the descent from that moment you step off the peak of the hill and you are already back in a different world.
    £64.95
  2. Taps in Tempo

    Despite his European name, Jan Berenska was a Midlander and something of a youthful prodigy, playing piano, violin and cello and giving his first broadcast at the age of 15 from Station 5IT (based in Witton, near Birmingham) in the days of crystal sets. He made his professional debut as a multi-instrumentalist in 1919, playing in the pit at London's Drury Lane Theatre for a pantomime. In the 1920s, he became sub-leader of the fledgling City of Birmingham Orchestra (CBO) before forming his own Berenska Pianoforte Quintette in 1930, which broadcast regularly from the BBC'S Birmingham studios. In 1935, he formed a dance band which toured all over the country. His xylophone solo, Taps in Tempo, is dedicated to Leslie Lewis, principal percussionist of the CBO. Born in South Wales, Lewis was a protégé of the orchestra's legendary timpanist, Ernest Parsons, and was subsequently engaged by the BBC as percussionist with its Theatre Orchestra in London, only to die tragically of a heart attack at Euston Station on the day he was to take up his new appointment. Taps in Tempo is very typical of the type of xylophone solo heard on innumerable bandstands and in cafés and variety theatres throughout the 1930s and 1940s. It features a bright, catchy melody, dazzling arpeggios and scales and four-mallet chords to show off the xylophonist's technique. This arrangement was specially created for the virtuoso percussionist, Simone Rebello.
    £64.95
  3. Summer Storm

    Antonio Vivaldi was born in Venice and began his adult life in the church, becoming known as the 'Red Priest', presumably due to his sandy-coloured hair. Health problems prevented him continuing actively in the priesthood and he turned his attention to music. He wrote 18 operas, many sacred choral works and over 300 concerti, many for use at the Ospidale della Pietà orphanage where he was director of music. Of these, the 12 violin concerti known as The Four Seasons (from the opus 8 set, The Trial of Harmony and Invention), have become the best known. The third concerto, Summer, includes a graphic description of a thunderstorm which makes an effective showpiece when played by any solo instrument. Sadly, Vivaldi died in poverty in Vienna, whilst trying vainly to secure commissions for himself, but his music has survived to become some of the best loved in the world.
    £64.95
  4. Dick Turpin's Ride to York

    Commissioned in 1998 by trombonist Brett Baker, Dick Turpin's Ride to York, was originally scored for trombone and brass band. Inspiration for the work is taken from Alfred Noyes poem The Ballad of Dick Turpin, which describes a fictional attempt by notorious highwayman, Dick Turpin, to ride from London to York to escape justice and the inevitable hangman's noose. The work is rich and dark in colour but paints a clear musical representation of its subject. Galloping horses, post horns and racing stage coaches all make an appearance in this wonderful solo and the listener has their work cut out trying to keep up with the highwayman as he is chased through the storm ridden night.
    £54.95
  5. Clouds

    The starting point for this point was some dramatic cloud formations the composer experienced while in Morrinsville, New Zealand. It was a brilliant sunny day, with occasional huge and interestingly shaped clouds floating past. They provided inspiration for the opening texture of Clouds, which is flowing and slowly unfolding in character. Clouds can assume many different shapes and characters. There are stormy ideas with strong rhythms, jagged ideas built from small motifs, mysterious ideas that suggest darker clouds and bright climaxes that suggest the sun bursting through. The solo trombone is rather like a small aeroplane, weaving its way through the clouds and enjoying a turbulent journey. Its part is soloistic but also integrated into the overall band texture and often under pinned by the percussion, who have an important role in sustaining the momentum for the piece.
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  6. Be My Love

    Be My Love was written for the film The Toast of New Orleans in 1950, and was nominated for an Academy Award in the same year. The story revolves around a rough-and-tumble fisherman from the Louisiana bayous, who is gifted with a wonderful, if unschooled voice. He is discovered by the director of the New Orleans French Opera (David Niven), and falls in love with the prima donna, a refined young soprano (Kathryn Grayson). The film has sunk into obscurity, but Be My Love survives as one of Mario Lanza's best known signature songs. This arrangement has firmly established itself in the euphonium repertoire over the years, and remains one of Ray Farr's most popular arrangements.
    £44.95
  7. Nocturne (Bb Solo with Wind Band)

    No other Norwegian contribution to the Eurovision Song Contest has received more attention than this song did, back in 1995. Rod Franks, Co-principal trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra gave the premiere of this arrangement, with brass band accompaniment, with Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag the following year.
    £49.95
  8. Variants on St Francis

    A virtuosic work for Euphonium, based on the hymn St. Francis, that has already been performed and recorded by many leading players including Steven Mead, Derrick Kane and David Chaulk. The accompaniment is Grade 4 and the solo part is Grade 6.
  9. Trumpet Concerto in E Flat (1st Movement)

    Johan Baptist Georg Neruda was a classical composer born in Bohemia which is now part of the Czech Republic. Very little is known about this composer other than he had a good reputation as a violinist and conductor in Prague and Germany and became the Konzertmeister of the Dresden Court Orchestra.
  10. Sonata for Clarinet No.2 in Eb - Score only

    Clarinet Solo with Wind Band

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