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  1. Sir Roger de Coverley

    Frank Bridge (1879 – 1941) was one of the leading English composers of his time. In October 1922 he adapted his popular string quartet Sir Roger de Coverley for full symphony orchestra and Sir Henry Wood agreed, at the last minute, to include it in the last night of the Queen’s Hall Promenade Concerts at the end of that month. This elaborate and colourful orchestral version has never been widely performed, but has now been brilliantly transcribed by Alastair Wheeler to provide a miniature dance poem for grade 5 level concert band. Bridge’s lively treatment of one of England’s most famous traditional dance melodies will make a fitting end to any concert, with the strains of Auld Lang Syne introduced by Bridge as a nod towards Sir Roger de Coverley’s traditional function as the final dance of a Christmas Ball, as it was in Old Mr. Fezziwig’s party in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

  2. Melodies from Great Composers

    Ray Steadman-Allen has selected 4 melodies, composed by some of the great composers, and linked them together to form a medley that will appeal to many a listener. ‘Soldier’s March’ by Schumann, Haydn’s ‘Aria’, ‘Waltz No. 3’ by Schubert and the exciting theme from ‘William Tell’ by Rossini have all been featured to make both a interesting and educational medley for young bands.
  3. Dances from the Duck Pond

    The music of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Swan Lake’ and ‘Nutcracker Suite’ are popular pieces of seasonal music, especially at Christmas time, and here Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs, currently the Principal Director of Music for the Royal Air Force, has taken three movements of themes from these works and given them a light-hearted treatment. These attractive settings should appeal to many young/learner bands and prove to be a popular item on their concert programme.
  4. Scaff! - Score and Parts

    Scaff! is an adaptation of the famous 4th movement of the Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz in swing style. The story of the March to the Scaffold is a tragic one where the subject, in a depressive state over a love interest, overdoses on opium. He dreams that he has killed his beloved and after his procession to the scaffold is now witnessing his own death. This arrangement doesn't really reflect those tragic circumstances but instead redresses this great tune into a toe-tapping big band number.

  5. Celestial Prospect

    Wilfred Heaton's compositions have a worldwide appreciation and although his output was small it is work of the highest integrity and calibre. The history surrounding 'Celestial Prospect' is somewhat sketchy. The composer describes it as a re-casting of an earlier work written sometime in the 1940's, the score of which is now lost. The theme 'Come Comrades Dear' has been known from Christian Mission days and reflects the composer's penchant for old Salvation Army tunes which are simple and direct in character. The following 5 variations contain much interest and originality including a beautiful elegy to departed comrades.

  6. Waltz in A Flat - Score and Parts

    Brahms' beautiful Waltz in A-flat Major is an item of repertoire that is familiar to many - even if it's not known by name! Published as one of a set of 16 waltzes for piano (Opus 39:15), it has been transcribed for wind band by Brian Bowen.

  7. Stai si, defenda! (Stand Up and Defend) - Score and Parts

    Stai si, defenda romontsch, tiu vegl lungatg (Stand up, defend your old Romansh language): This composition was named after a quotation from a poem by famous Romansh poet Giachen Casper Muoth. The arrangement deals with various well known songs for male choir such as A Trun sut igl ischi (In Trun under the malpe tree), Si sededesta Rezia (Wake up, land of Raetia), Il pur suveran (The independent farmer) or Il paun palus (The rosted bread). An atmospheric beginning over a pedal point uses quotations from these songs and leads eventually into a dark but warmly orchestrated section on Nossa viarva (Our language) by H. Erni. The piece ends, once more quoting A Trun sut igl ischi by J. Heim, a dedication to struggle for freedom and independence.
  8. 1812 Overture

    March Card size for Concert Band
  9. Academic Fantasia - Grand Finale

    The Grand Finale from Brahms' Academic Fantasia arranged for Concert Band
  10. Andante (Mozart Piano Concerto)

    The Andante from Mozart's Piano Concerto has been arranged here for Concert Band
  11. Children of the Regiment

    A Viennese regimental march written for the Vienna Parade Grounds. It was adopted as the official march of the imperial Austrian Army.
  12. Eine Kleine Nacht Musik

    Originally written for Chamber Ensemble in 1787, this Mozart favourite has been arranged for Concert Band
  13. Entry March (The Gypsy Baron)

    Entry march from Strauss' operetta the Gypsy Baron
  14. Entry of the Gladiators

    This piece will be recognisable to your audience as a circus march and will be a fabulous addition to your next concert
  15. Evening Hymn & Cavalry Last Post

    The perfect addition to your next remembrance concert
  16. Lohengrin (Finale Act III)

    The finale from Act III of Wagner's opera Lohengrin for concert band
  17. Over to the Overtures

    A selection of highlights from classical overtures arranged for concert band by J Howe
  18. Royal Fireworks Music (Finale)

    The finale from Handel's music for the Royal Fireworks arranged for concert band
  19. Slaves Chorus from Nabucco

    The slaves chorus from the third act of Verdi's opera Nabucco
  20. Sullivan on Parade (Gilbert & Sullivan)

    A selection of favourites from Gilbert & Sullivan operettas for concert band
  21. Symphonic Salute

    A selection of themes from classical symphonies arranged for concert band
  22. Petershagen Polka

    A classical transcription arranged for brass band
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