Concert Music for Brass Band


Gramercy Music for Brass

ACADEMIC FESTIVAL FANFARE
(AKADEMISCHE FESTFANFARE)

Peter Graham
Score and Parts: £30.95

This cornet and trombone feature was written to celebrate the re-opening of the Preußenflügel at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany on the 27th April 2005.

Premiered by the Folkwang Brass Band, conducted by Heinrich Schmidt and recorded by the Black Dyke Band at the European Championships Gala Concert in Belfast 2006.

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ALLOWAY TALES
Peter Graham
Score and Parts: £35.95

Featuring three Burns' songs; Duncan Gray, Afton Water and The Deil's awa', this piece is playable by most grades of band. Recorded by Yorkshire Building Society and Dalmellington Bands.

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BATTLE (from War of the Worlds Suite)
Peter Graham
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Battle is the third movement of the suite War of the Worlds which was commissioned by the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music Saxophone Orchestra and first performed by them in the Maeda Hall, Japan on June 29 2012, the composer conducting. The music is dedicated to Professor Shin-ichi Iwamoto. The transcription for brass band was first performed by the Brighouse & Rastrick Band, conductor David King, in the Bridgewater Hall Manchester on September 8 2012.

The suite takes inspiration from the 1953 film script adaptation of the famous HG Wells novel and key scenes from the film are set as individual movements:
Battle - mankind begin their fight for survival against the Martian war machine.

(Each movement of War of the Worlds is available separately allowing for a variety of "mini-suite" combinations eg: Movements 1,2 and 5 or 3,4 and 5 etc. For movements 2 and 4 see the BB Solos & Ensemble tab. Complete suite also available below)

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BESS YOU IS MY WOMAN
Gershwin arr. Robin Dewhurst
Score and Parts: £29.95

From Porgy and Bess, an exquisite arrangement. Broadcast by Williams Fairey Band on Listen to the Band.

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BREAKOUT
Hardiman arr. Peter Graham
Score and Parts: £35.95

Part of the Cry of the Celts suite (see below).

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CALL OF THE COSSACKS
Peter Graham
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Commissioned for the Black Dyke Band's solo spot at the 2002 European Gala Concert in Belgium.
The Cossacks were a nomadic people whose ethnic makeup included Ukrainians, Tartars, Poles and Jews. A similarly wide range of Eastern European folk music features in this work, from Gypsy to Klezmer. Contains 5 movements: 1) Procession of the Tartars 2) Gypsy Dream 3) Cossack Fire Dance 4) Doyle's Lament 5) Cossack Wedding Dance

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A CAROL FANTASY
Peter Graham
Score and Parts: £32.95

Written for the brilliant Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel's Christmas Television Spectacular, this arrangement can be played as a concert item or for audience and band. Includes Silent Night, Away in a Manger, O little Town, Joy to the World, O come all ye faithful and others. Playable by all grades, contains carol sheet (with permission to photocopy inclusive.)

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CARTOON MUSIC
Peter Graham
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Originally written for the Grammy nominated album, Evelyn Glennie meets the Black Dyke Band, this arrangement features the full band in some cat and mouse chases.

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CATNAP
Peter Graham
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Catnap is part of Cats Tales (see below) which pays tribute to four wonderful musicians who shared a love of jazz and New York City. New York born George Gershwin provides the inspiration for Catnap which is a jazz “contrafact” treatment of one of his most familiar songs. (Features solo trombone).

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CATS TALES
Peter Graham
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Cats Tales pays tribute to four wonderful musicians who shared a love of jazz and New York City.

Film composer Elmer Bernstein is remembered in 1) Catalonia before a musical gear change that references the work of his contemporary colleague, “Bernstein East”, aka Leonard Bernstein. The presence of West Side Story looms large here.

Henry Mancini's most famous composition (which concerned a cat of the pink variety) provides the inspiration for the 2nd movement, 2) Catwalk before saxophone legend Sonny Rollins’s jazz standard Airegin is given a contrafact treatment in 3) Scat! allowing a number of instrumental soloists to shine.

NB: The suite can be extended by including the trombone solo Catnap (see above) and the Toccata (see below), available separately.

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CELEBRATE ROTARY
Peter Graham
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Commissioned for the centenary of Rotary International, this march is available free courtesy of Rotary and Gramercy Music. Click on the links below for further details.
(See also wind band concert music pages for the wind version.)

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COSSACK WEDDING DANCE
Peter Graham
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The finale from Call of the Cossacks (see above).

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CRY OF THE CELTS
Hardiman arr. Peter Graham
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A spectacular mini-concert. Contains 5 movements: 1) Nightmare, (includes Lord of the Dance and Stolen Kiss) 2) Suil a Ruin, 3) Breakout, Lament, and 4)Victory. Featured by Yorkshire Building Society Band.

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DANCING IN THE PARK
Peter Graham
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Variations on I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls. Set as a National Finals Test-Piece, 3rd Section.

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DAY OF THE DRAGON
Peter Graham
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The latest in a series of "world music" features by Peter Graham (including Cry of the Celts, Windows of the World and Call of the Cossacks), Day of the Dragon is a joint commission from the Buy as You View Band and the National Youth Brass Band of Wales. The five movements are based on traditional Welsh Folk Songs and feature solos for cornet, trombone, horn, flugel, euphonium : 1) Overture (Ar lan y mor, Hunting the Hare) 2) Lullaby (Suo Gan) 3) Welsh Clog Dance 4) Ballad (By Kell's Waters) 5) Triumph (Men of Harlech)

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DEAR LORD AND FATHER (REPTON)
Parry arr. Peter Graham
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The much loved hymn in an arrangement made for BBC TV "Songs of Praise".

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DIES IRAE
Verdi arr. Peter Graham
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Verdi’s Requiem was first performed in May 1874 in Milan and was written to commemorate the life of the great Italian poet and writer Manzoni.

This arrangement comprises key moments from the Dies Irae (Day of Wrath) section. The main Dies Irae theme is followed by the Tuba Mirum, where offstage cornets play the role of judgment day trumpeters. A transition in the style of Verdi (and utilising material from the work) leads to the majestic Rex tremendae.

Here the vocal soloists of the original are portrayed by the lyric voices of cornet, flugel horn, baritone and euphonium as the increasingly dramatic music draws to a conclusion.

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THE DREAM TEAM
Peter Graham
£34.95


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The Dream Team was originally commissioned by Ronald Holz for the 2012 Great American Brass Band Festival held in Danville, Kentucky. The event, subtitled Trumpetissimo, took the form of a salute to the founder of the GABBF, one of America's most revered trumpet players Vince DiMartino.
The Dream Team was first performed by six leading American trumpet players accompanied by the Atlantic Brass Band, and makes reference to Copland's famous trumpet call, Fanfare to the Common Man, before segueing into latin- styled solo breaks. This revised version includes a greater involvement from the trombone section to create an antiphonal cornet and trombone feature.

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THE ELEPHANT
Saint-Saens arr. Peter Graham
Score and Parts: £29.95

From Carnival of the Animals, this arrangement features the tuba section.

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FANFARE PRELUDE ON KILMARNOCK
Peter Graham
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A concert opener, the 25th anniversary of Kilmarnock Concert Brass.

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GAELFORCE
Peter Graham
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Commissioned by the Fodens Band, this exciting work follows in the Cry of the Celts style and features three traditional Irish tunes, The Minstrel Boy, Tossing the Feathers (both recently featured by The Corrs) and The Rocky Road to Dublin.

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Gannochy

A GANNOCHY LULLABY
Peter Graham
Score and Parts: £29.95

Composer's Note:

Gannochy is a residential area of Perth in Scotland where my mother, Margaret Graham (Stewart), was born and raised.
One of my earliest musical memories was of visits to my grandparents house and of hearing the theme tune to the BBC Radio programme Listen With Mother (a lullaby, which I later found to be called Berceuse from the Dolly Suite by Faure).
A Gannochy Lullaby was written as a little christmas gift for my mother with fond memories of those days in Perth.

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Extracts performed by the Black Dyke Band, conductor Nicholas Childs.
Full recording available on Black Dyke Gold Volume II from World of Brass.com


HARRISON'S DREAM
Peter Graham
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(Version for Concert Band available from Warner Bros.)

Commissioned by Boosey & Hawkes for the Millennium National Brass Band Finals Championship Section. More information.

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THE HASLEMERE SUITE
Peter Graham
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The 2000 National Brass Band Championships Area Fourth Section Test-Piece in four movements, 1) Haslemere Town 2) Beside the Way 3) Waverley Abbey 4) Charter fair. Recorded by Fodens Band.

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HINE E HINE
arr. Peter Graham
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This beautiful New Zealand melody features flugel to begin, rises to a full band climax and fades into the distance.

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HINODE
Peter Graham
Score and Parts: £32.95

Commissioned by the Black Dyke Mills Band and recorded by them on the CD The Essence of Time.Technically within the capabilities of most bands.

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THE JOURNAL OF PHILEAS FOGG
Peter Graham
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The novels by Jules Verne have been a rich source of inspiration for composers over the years. Graham has taken elements of the epic work Around the World in Eighty Days as the outline for a series of adventures recorded in an imaginary diary by the hero of the story, Phileas Fogg.

Commencing with London bells in the background, the ensuing journey takes our hero by boat train to Paris (passing the Moulin Rouge en route), Russia (where he is chased by Cossacks), Vienna at night, Spain (where he is a spectator at a bull fight) before a final circumnavigation by sea (where we hear hints of foreign lands) brings him back to London with rich memories of his trip.

The Journal of Phileas Fogg was commissioned by Dr Nicholas Childs for the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain and was first performed by them in July 2012, conducted by Dr Robert Childs.

(The Journal of Phileas Fogg is suitable as a 3rd or 4th section own choice test piece.)

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Journey

JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH
Symphonic Scenes for Brass and Percussion
Peter Graham
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2005 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Jules Verne, and the event inspired Peter Graham to write a musical tribute to the author described as the "father of science fiction."

Journey to the Centre of the Earth is one of Verne's best known works. The novel takes the form of a sequence of diary entries by Axel, nephew of Professor Otto Lidenbrock. The pair follow coded instructions in a old document guiding them to Iceland where, together with their guide Hans, they enter the open crater of an extinct volcano Snæfells and pursue a trail to the centre of the earth. There follows “hair-breadth ‘scapes and ventures perilous” as the intrepid explorers encounter a vast interior world.

Peter Graham has taken some of the key scenes from the book and set them as a sequence of symphonic extracts. The subtitles are; (I) Snæfells, (II) Descent, (III) The Wonders of the Terrestrial Depths, (IV) The Day of Rest, (V) Lost in the Labyrinth, (VI) The Whispering Gallery, (VII) Rescue from the Abyss, (VIII) Battle of the Antediluvian Creatures and Ascent, (IX) Homecoming.

Journey to the Centre of the Earth was premiered by the Black Dyke Band as their contest winning own choice test at the 2005 European Championships in Holland.

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Jules Verne's novel (in translation) can be downloaded from www.gutenberg.org


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LADY STEWART'S AIR
Peter Graham
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Lady Stewart’s Air was commissioned by David King on behalf of the Federation of Australasian Brass Bands as a tribute to Lady Adrienne Stewart.
Lady Stewart has been a long-standing supporter, promoter, fund-raiser and patron of most arts organizations in New Zealand and has strong links with the brass band community in both New Zealand and Australia.

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A LONDON CELEBRATION
Peter Graham
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A kaleidoscopic tour of London in music, featuring A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, London Pride, British Grenadiers and many more.

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NORTHERN LANDSCAPES
Peter Graham
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The 2003 National Brass Band Championships Area Third Section Test-Piece in four movements, 1) Industry 2) Seascapes 3) Earth Dance 4) Flight. Recorded by The Black Dyke Band on The Regionals 2003 DOYCD143

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ON ALDERLEY EDGE
Peter Graham
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The much acclaimed 1997 National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain Championship Section Finals Test-Piece. Set test for the 2013 Swiss Open Brass Band Championships and the Grand Shield 2014.

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Giants

ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS
Concerto for Brass and Percussion
Peter Graham
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“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants”
Letter from Isaac Newton to Robert Hooke, 5 February 1676

The art of brass playing embraces a range of diverse approaches and styles. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the musical melting pot of the USA. On the Shoulders of Giants pays tribute to this diversity and to the great American brass virtuosi whose legacy has provided the foundation for countless brass giants of today.

The opening movement, Fanfares, reflects on the legendary Chicago Symphony Orchestra brass section. It has been suggested that the much-admired and distinctive style of the CSO Brass was initially driven by the Germanic repertoire favoured by the early music directors. Here the opening bars from the finale of Bruckner’s 8th symphony provide the departure point for the musical journey.

The work continues (attacca) with an Elegy. America’s role as the birthplace of jazz and two of her leading brass lights are remembered here – Miles Davis (through the sound world created for him by Gil Evans) – and the father of lyrical trombone playing Tommy Dorsey. In acknowledgement that jazz owes its origins to Negro spirituals, the gospel song Steal Away underpins the movement.

The finale, a Fantasie Brillante, pays homage to the turn of the century brass virtuosi of Sousa Band fame. The centrepiece of the movement finds Herbert L. Clarke, Arthur Pryor and Simone Mantia stepping from the mists of time to deliver snippets from their greatest solos (together with passing references to Sousa’s highest paid soloist, drummer August Helmecke). Moments of individual virtuosity lead to a series of ensemble power chords - giant footsteps in musical imagery. Finally, an allusion to the “chess-like” nature of brass band contesting brings the work to a dramatic conclusion.

On the Shoulders of Giants was commissioned by The Cory Band and The National Youth Brass Band of Wales with additional funding from Ty Cerdd – Music Centre Wales. The work was published for the 158th British Open Brass Band Championships, 2010.

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PHOENIX (from War of the Worlds Suite)
Peter Graham
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Phoenix is the fifth and final movement of the suite War of the Worlds which was commissioned by the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music Saxophone Orchestra and first performed by them in the Maeda Hall, Japan on June 29 2012, the composer conducting. The music is dedicated to Professor Shin-ichi Iwamoto. The transcription for brass band was first performed by the Brighouse & Rastrick Band, conductor David King, in the Bridgewater Hall Manchester on September 8 2012.

The suite takes inspiration from the 1953 film script adaptation of the famous HG Wells novel and key scenes from the film are set as individual movements:
Phoenix – saved from extinction, mankind commence the rebuilding of the ruined cities. The symbolism of the Phoenix, the mythological bird which rises reborn from the ashes of destruction clearly resonates with the Japanese people in the aftermath of the devastating tsunami of 2011. Their spirit and determination has become a present day reminder of mankind’s ability to overcome adversity.

(Each movement of War of the Worlds is available separately allowing for a variety of "mini-suite" combinations eg: Movements 1,2 and 5 or 3,4 and 5 etc. For movements 2 and 4 see the BB Solos & Ensemble tab. Complete suite also available below.)

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PRÆLUDIUM
Peter Graham
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A lively concert opener, written for the Williams Fairey Band, conductor James Gourlay, and premiered by them at the BBC Festival of Brass.

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PROCESSIONAL FOR BRASS BAND
Edward Gregson
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(In association with Intrada Music Publishing UK) An original work from the doyen of brass and wind composers. Commissioned and broadcast by the Yorkshire Building Society Band.

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PROCESSION TO THE CATHEDRAL
Wagner arr. Peter Graham
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Commissioned by David King and Yorkshire Building Society Band for their exciting recording, Introduction, on the Polyphonic label, this version features an extended Wagnerian coda.

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Rameau

RAMEAU REVISITED
Rameau arr. Peter Graham
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Rameau Revisited takes themes from the operas and keyboard works of the great Baroque composer Jean-Phillipe Rameau and recasts them to exploit the various colours of the modern brass band. The two outer movements, Marche and Tambourin are tour de force display pieces for the full ensemble while the three inner movements, Rondeau, La Joyeuse and Danse showcase the horn, cornet and lower brass sections in turn.

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THE RED MACHINE
Peter Graham
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The Red Machine was commissioned by the London-based Band of the Coldstream Guards. Among the band’s duties is the famous changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace where their reputation for precision marching has led to them being described as the “Red Machine”.

The music reflects the title and heritage of this fine group; from the aggressive, machine-type music of the opening, the contrasting nostalgic French-flavoured waltz through the recapitulation and vivace finale. Listeners may hear references to music associated with the band, from Holst (the Planets) through the opening phrase of the chorale Ein Feste Burg - familiar to British Guards Bands from the troop march Huguenots.

The version for brass band was made for the Black Dyke Band, Music Director Nicholas Childs, and premiered by them during the Gramercy Music 10th Anniversary Concert in the Maxwell Hall University of Salford, on May 7 2004.

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RONDEAU
Mouret arr. Graham
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From Mouret's Symphonie des Fanfares, an ideal concert opener.

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Seize the Day

SEIZE THE DAY
Peter Graham
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Seize the Day was written for the London-based International Staff Band of the Salvation Army, conductor Dr Stephen Cobb, the title serving as the theme for the band’s USA West Tour 2010.

As befits music being performed during a trip to the United States the work is based upon three traditional American spirituals. The first, The Gospel Train, is introduced following a carillon-like intrada in trombones and bells with supporting cornet flourishes. Ostinati drive the musical locomotive along until an abrupt halt ushers in another kind of vehicle, the celestial Sweet Chariot, featuring euphonium and trombone soloists.

The finale, Amen, celebrates the arrival at our destination with some tongue-in-cheek West Coast (and Swinging London!) references before a reprise of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot brings the music to a majestic and joyful conclusion.

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SIROCCO
Peter Graham
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Sirocco was commissioned for the Doncaster Concert Band, Musical Director Karen Roberts, by the Hothouse Festival and was premiered at the Festival in March 2007. A Sirocco is a wind that originates in the Sahara and sweeps across the Mediterranean through North Africa to Southern Europe. Taking this route as his inspiration, Peter Graham has fashioned a tour-de-force for band that features three Mediterranean folk songs.

Two of the three movements are well known in their respective countries. Firstly, the fast and furious Tarantella is commonly heard as part of traditional Italian wedding celebrations whilst the Romanza can justifiably lay claim as one of Spain’s most enduring melodies, synonymous with the Spanish guitar.

The final movement has its roots in traditional Greek dance music, being a mixture of slow and fast versions of the hasapiko. The best-known example of the form is the famous Zorba’s Dance, and in the same manner the Sirtaki’s sedate opening bars soon give way to a frenzy of activity as the entire ensemble whip up their own musical storm.

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THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS
Peter Graham
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A brilliant showpiece for band based on The Sussex Carol. Broadcast by Sellers Engineering Band on Listen to the Band.

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SUMMON THE DRAGON
Peter Graham
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A Fanfare and Prelude which features the Cornet and Trombone sections in antiphonal staging. Written for the National Youth Band of Wales and currently in Black Dyke programmes.

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SWEDISH FOLK SONG
Peter Graham
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A full band setting of O Lord my God which grows to a massive climax. Featured on BBC TV Songs of Praise.

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THREE JAZZ PIECES
Harper arr. Peter Graham
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Three Jazz Pieces is scored for brass band** but can be performed by as few as five players plus percussion. Ideal for intermediate and school groups but an equally effective concert item when played by more advanced groups. The three pieces are: (I) Tuned In (II) Midnight Blues and (III) Ready to Rumba?

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TOCCATA
Peter Graham
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Toccata is part of Cats Tales (see above) which pays tribute to four wonderful musicians who shared a love of jazz and the New York City. New York resident “Bernstein East”, aka Leonard Bernstein, is the inspiration behind Toccata. The presence of Bernstein’s masterpiece West Side Story looms large here.

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Torchbearer

THE TORCHBEARER
Symphonic Variations on a Theme by Eric Ball
Peter Graham
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The Torchbearer was commissioned by Kapitol Promotions and the Federation of Australasian Brass Bands as the test piece for the 2009 National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain and the FABB Open Contest respectively. The commission was initiated by the Federation’s Music Advisor, Professor David King, whose support and encouragement for the idea of a piece commemorating the 20th anniversary of Eric Ball’s death is greatly appreciated.

The variations are based upon the first phrase of the trio from Eric Ball’s Salvation Army march, Torchbearers.

After opening statements of the theme, variation 1 (an energetic allegro brillante utilising fragment A) commences at bar 35. Cadenza passages for Eb Bass and Euphonium lead to variation 2 (an andante appassionato based upon fragment B) at 104. Variation 3 (142 - a vivace featuring C as an ostinato) is followed at 205 by variation 4, the central andante e sciolto molto for solo cornet (utilising D1 as a counterpoint and D2 as a 2nd phrase).

The work culminates at bar 291 in a reprise of the cornet solo, now fully metamorphosised and mirroring in music a concept at the centre of Ball’s broader philosophy, that of transformation.

I have endeavoured to retain the main compositional characteristics and harmonic flavour of Eric Ball’s Salvation Army and contest music. His scoring techniques are a model for any student of the medium and whilst I have aimed for similar colours and clarity of line in texture, concessions have been made in the instrumentation of the 21st century brass band. A slightly more developed percussion section is utilised employing timpani and xylophone in dominant roles.

Eric Ball will be remembered as a composer whose classic works for brass shine through with integrity and sincerity. I have been no less sincere in my efforts to pay musical tribute to the 20th century’s most influential composer of brass band music.


Peter Graham
Cheshire
July 2009

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VICTORY
Hardiman arr. Peter Graham
Score and Parts: £32.95

Part of the Cry of the Celts suite (see above).

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Tango

WAR OF THE WORLDS (complete suite - individual titles also available separately)
Peter Graham
£124.95


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Additional Score: £34.95

War of the Worlds was commissioned by the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music Saxophone Orchestra and first performed by them in the Maeda Hall, Japan on June 29 2012, the composer conducting. The music is dedicated to Professor Shin-ichi Iwamoto.
The transcription for brass band was first performed by the Brighouse & Rastrick Band, conductor David King, in the Bridgewater Hall Manchester on September 8 2012. Epic in scope, the suite takes inspiration from the 1953 film script adaptation of the famous HG Wells novel and key scenes from the film are set as individual movements:

1) Wrath depicts the arrival of the alien advance party on Planet Earth.

2) Reflections – (duet for Flugel and Tenor Horn).
Here mankind contemplates a life forever changed as the invaders progress their colonization of Planet Earth.

3) Battle - mankind begin their fight for survival against the Martian war machine.

4) Deliverance – (solo for Soprano Cornet or Tenor Horn Eb). The survivors seek sanctuary in the Church of Santa Maria, still standing among the burning ruins of Los Angeles, and pray for deliverance from the invaders.

5) Phoenix – saved from extinction, mankind commence the rebuilding of the ruined cities. The symbolism of the Phoenix, the mythological bird which rises reborn from the ashes of destruction clearly resonates with the Japanese people in the aftermath of the devastating tsunami of 2011. Their spirit and determination has become a present day reminder of mankind’s ability to overcome adversity.

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WINDOWS OF THE WORLD
Peter Graham
Score and Parts: £89.95

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A six movement sequel to the popular Cry of the Celts, reflecting world music styles from Latin American to Irish Folk. Each movement 1) Amazonia 2) Rainforest 3) The Rising Sun 4) Drums of Thunder 5) Celtic Dream 6) Earth Walk can be individually programmed. Featured soloists include Soprano Cornet, Trumpet/Cornet, Flugel Horn, Tenor Horn, Baritone, Trombone, Euphonium and Percussion. Windows of the World was premiered by the YBS Band at the Millenium European Championships Gala Concert, held in Symphony Hall Birmingham.
(Please note: The Rising Sun is also available as an extended full band feature entitled Hinode).

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WITH FIRE AND SWORD
Peter Graham
£34.95


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With Fire and Sword evokes memories of the music which accompanied the great action-adventure movie serials of the 1930's. Often set in some exotic location full of "eastern promise", the scene might involve the strong-jawed hero of the hour being chased through a sweltering market-place by a band of sword- yielding villains.
This scenario will be familiar to fans of the Indiana Jones series, Steven Spielberg's cinematic homage to these early serials. As Dr Stephen Arthur Allen has observed, "Would that all international relations could be this much fun!"

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THE WONDER OF CHRISTMAS
Peter Graham
Score and Parts: £29.95

A festive march based on See Amid the Winter Snow. In the style of the composer's S.A. march The Shining Star.

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WRATH (from War of the Worlds Suite)
Peter Graham
£34.95


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Wrath is the first movement of the suite War of the Worlds which was commissioned by the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music Saxophone Orchestra and first performed by them in the Maeda Hall, Japan on June 29 2012, the composer conducting. The music is dedicated to Professor Shin-ichi Iwamoto. The transcription for brass band was first performed by the Brighouse & Rastrick Band, conductor David King, in the Bridgewater Hall Manchester on September 8 2012.

The suite takes inspiration from the 1953 film script adaptation of the famous HG Wells novel and key scenes from the film are set as individual movements.
Wrath depicts the arrival of the alien advance party on Planet Earth.

(Each movement of War of the Worlds is available separately allowing for a variety of "mini-suite" combinations eg: Movements 1,2 and 5 or 3,4 and 5 etc. For movements 2 and 4 see the BB Solos & Ensemble tab. Complete suite also available above.)

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HAYDOCK VARIATIONS
Stuart Pullin
Score and Parts: £59.95

Additional Score: £24.95

Published for the Butlins 2009 Brass Festival, Haydock Variations was commissioned by the Valley Brass (Haydock) Band in 1999 and was premiered by massed bands at a joint concert with the Marple Band in 2000. It was also part of a submission for the degree of MA in Composition at the University of Salford, for which the composer gained a distinction.

The form of Haydock Variations is a double set of variations. The first theme is stated in the opening bars and the second theme derived from the accompaniment to the first (bars 9 - 12). The variations on the themes return in the final marziale section.

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MEMORY
Stuart Pullin
Score and Parts: £29.95

This piece was written originally as the middle movement of a short suite for brass band, called Musings. The inspiration for the piece came from the death of a fellow player in a motorcycle accident aged only 25, and the feelings generated following his funeral.
Ian Jackman played trombone, hence the haunting final rendition of the theme on trombone. (notes by Stuart Pullin)

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MUSINGS
Stuart Pullin
Score and Parts: £49.95

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This exciting young composer's first published work for brass band. In three movements, set as the 1997 Boosey & Hawkes Youth Championship Advanced Test Piece.

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GREENSLEEVES
Stuart Pullin
Score and parts: £29.95

Written for horn soloist Sheona White, this gorgeous setting has already been performed in Westminster Abbey.

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