Other Solo Music

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For unaccompanied tuba, this brilliant work was commissioned for and recorded by virtuoso James Gourlay.

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The traditional carol in a beautiful yet simple setting for flugel horn (or Bb instrument) and piano.

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From the Robin Dewhurst collection, this multi-talented young composer has produced a simply wonderful solo for trombone and piano. Premiered by virtuoso Brett Baker, this latin-styled work reaches its climax in a stunning cadenza for soloist supported by percussion section. (Also available with wind/brass accompaniment).

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For euphonium solo with piano - companion piece to Brillante (see below).
Brass and Wind Band accompaniments available.

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Originally written as a duet for the legendary duo The Childs Brothers, the solo version of Brillante has become a classic of its type and the vehicle of choice for the aspiring euphonium virtuoso. Recorded by almost every major euphonium artist, this version with piano accompaniment now increases the accessibility of the work. (Orchestral, Brass and Wind Band accompaniment available from Winwood Music)

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As the title suggests, this collection of 10 solos with piano accompaniment is presented in the form of a musical travelogue with visits to Moscow, New York, Buenos Aires, New Orleans, San Juan and Paris being among the destinations reached.

The music makes reference in pastiche to composers forever associated with these cities, from Gershwin (New York) to Satie (Paris), ensuring a familiarity for the performer and listener alike.

The collection is progressively graded, making it suitable for beginners through to performers at medium advanced level.

Cityscapes is available for Horn in F and for any Bb or Eb instruments (Bb and Eb versions supplied with both treble and bass clef soloist parts - F version treble clef only).

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* Now in the 2013 Associated Board syllabus for Horn in F, Tenor Horn Eb, Euphonium/Baritone and Tuba. For more details download the complete brass syllabus from www.abrsm.org

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We are delighted to present this collection of solos for Cornet.

The contents are for advanced (and in some cases virtuoso) players in mind and although designated as a Cornet Album the titles within are (mostly) equally suitable for Trumpet.

Contents:
  • Cossack Fire Dance
    The central movement of Call of the Cossacks, a suite originally written for the Black Dyke Brass Band.
    Based on the folk song Mazeltov the music brings to mind part of the Cossack wedding ceremony where, following a Klezmer style clarinet call, each guest around the camp fire comes forward in turn to offer congratulations.
    The multiple instrumentalists of the original have been supplanted by a single “guest” whose increasingly attention seeking behaviour includes quoting from a number of popular musical display pieces...
    The idea of creating this solo version came from Florida-based Trumpeter Thomas Macklin.
  • Resurrection
    is a Rhapsody for Trumpet (or Cornet) which takes as its model composer Ray Steadman-Allen's classic solo Rhapsody on Negro Spirituals.
    Like Steadman-Allen's work, Resurrection is based upon two spirituals, in this case He Never Said a Mumblin' Word and The Angels Rolled the Stone Away.
    The piece was written at the request of Chicago-based Mark Ridenour.
  • Damaré
    The French flautist Eugène Damaré was a prolific composer of virtuoso showpieces for his instrument. Two of the best known, Cleopatra and Pandora were adapted for cornet (possibly by William Rimmer) and are well established in the repertoire.
    Both pieces became signature pieces for the famous Black Dyke Mills Band Principal Cornet player, James Shepherd, who held the position for over a decade into the early 1970s.
    This work is an adaptation of Eugene Damare's polka Le Merle Blanc (Op. 161) and also incorporates an original slow introduction together with other stylistically period-appropriate material.
    Damaré was written for Black Dyke's current Principal Cornetist Richard Marshall.
  • Paramount Rhapsody
    Harry James made his Paramount Theater (NYC) debut with Benny Goodman's band in 1937 and by all accounts took the venue by storm.
    His characteristic jazz and classical crossover adaptations (incorporating virtuoso cornet solo techniques he acquired in his youth) captured the imagination of the public (and Hollywood), quickly propelling him to household fame. Paramount Rhapsody pays tribute to this legendary performer.
    The music roughly follows the Harry James Trumpet Concerto in form, the content incorporating the popular classic In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg.
    Paramount Rhapsody was written for and recorded by Philip Cobb on the Naxos album Metropolis 1927
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We are delighted to present this collection of solos for Euphonium.

The solos are for advanced (and in some cases virtuoso) players in mind and include solo adaptations of two of Gramercy Music's most requested titles, together with two titles taken from “classical” literature.

Contents:
  • Cossack Fire Dance
    The central movement of Call of the Cossacks, a suite originally written for the Black Dyke Brass Band.
    Based on the folk song Mazeltov the music brings to mind part of the Cossack wedding ceremony where, following a Klezmer style clarinet call, each guest around the camp fire comes forward in turn to offer congratulations.
    The multiple instrumentalists of the original have been supplanted by a single “guest” whose increasingly attention seeking behaviour includes quoting from a number of popular musical display pieces...
  • Fantasy on Sempre Libera
    looks back with affection to the 19th century, a period when the great instrumental virtuosi reined supreme.
    Pianists Liszt and Thalberg and violinists Paganini and Saraste amazed audiences with their wide-ranging technical and artistic abilities, fuelled by increasingly difficult paraphrases and variations on popular tunes of the day.
    This pastiche of the style was arranged for David Thornton who recorded the work with the Brighouse & Rastrick Band.
  • A Minstrel Boy
    features the ballad of the same name and the jig Tossing the Feathers, both extracted from my Celtic celebration Gaelforce.
    The adaptation was made a number of years ago for a recording by David Childs and the Cory Band.
  • Encore
    Encore is based upon the study Spinnlied by David Popper (1843-1913) who is best remembered as a prolific composer of cello music.
    The string techniques exploited in the original study have been replaced by those regularly encountered by advanced brass players, with double-tonguing front and centre.
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A collection of solo versions of some of Peter Graham's most popular melodies. For brass instrument with piano accompaniment. Please state Bb or Eb version when ordering.

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  • Lady Stewart's Air
    Lady Stewart's Air was commissioned by David King as a birthday tribute to one of New Zealand's most prominent supporters of the arts and in particular the brass band fraternity, Lady Adrienne Stewart.
  • Meditation
    Meditation is the central theme from The Triumph of Time, a work commissioned for The Black Dyke Band by Music Director Nicholas Childs.
    The original brief was for a piece which would showcase the talents of the band's many fine soloists, among them Zoe Hancock on Flugel horn, who has made this particular theme from the larger work her own.
  • Follow the Flame
    The main theme from the composer's work The Torchbearer, this version was arranged for Flugel Horn soloist Lucy Cutt.
  • Deep River
    Deep River is one of the best known of the spirituals originating among the enslaved Africans in the United States during the 18th and 19th centuries. This arrangement was made for Eb Tuba soloist Steven Walsh.
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A new collection of slow melodies by Peter Graham for any Eb or Bb brass instrument with piano accompaniment. Please state Bb or Eb version when ordering.

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  • Rainforest
    From Windows of the World. (Featured soloist on the demo recording, Lesley Howie).
  • Celtic Dream
    From Windows of the World. (Featured soloist on the demo recording, David Thornton).
  • The Name
    Recorded by Brett Baker, Trombone Soloist with the Black Dyke Band on Call of the Cossacks - Music of Peter Graham Vol II.
  • Doyle's Lament
    Recorded by John Doyle, Flugel Horn Soloist with the Black Dyke Band on Call of the Cossacks - Music of Peter Graham Vol II.
  • A Little Wish
    A very simple original melody by Peter Graham. (Featured soloist on the demo recording, Michelle Ibbotson).
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Over the years Gramercy Music has received numerous requests for solo instrumental parts to our bestselling titles for the purposes of individual private practice.

We are now delighted to present this collection which brings together fourteen of these pieces in a single volume for the first time.

A variety of music has been included; from concert openers, hymn tune arrangements and classical transcriptions to extended concert music and advanced test-pieces. Should you need added incentive to practice, all of the items exist in readily available recorded formats, so why not load up your favourite band and play along?

Collection includes:

Summon the Dragon, Rondeau, Windows of the World, Gaelforce, Hine e Hine, On Alderley Edge, Procession to the Cathedral, Seize the Day, Dear Lord and Father (Repton), Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Shine as the Light, On the Shoulders of Giants, The Torchbearer and Swedish Folk Song.

Please select above Cornet, Horn or Euphonium.


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A collection of solos by Peter Graham for any valved brass instrument with piano accompaniment. Please state Bb or Eb version when ordering.

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  • Glorious Ventures
    Variations on Lily of the Valley, this solo calls for "flying fingers" and has been recorded by various instrumentalists, most recently by Roger Webster and David Daws live from the Royal Albert Hall as a spectacular cornet duet.
  • ^^Swedish Hymn (How great Thou art)
    Arranged for cornet legend Phillip McCann and recorded on the Chandos CD The World's Most Beautiful Melodies.
  • **A Time for Peace
    The main theme from the composer's work The Essence of Time, this version was arranged for Tenor Horn virtuoso Sheona White.
  • ***Whirlwind
    A fast and furious solo requiring lots of dexterity.
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* Now in the 2013 Associated Board syllabus for the following instruments:
** Eb Horn, Baritone/Euphonium Grade 6 ABRSM ^^ Eb Horn Grade 6 ABRSM *** Baritone/Euphonium Grade 8 ABRSM

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We are delighted to present this collection of solos for Tenor Horn. The solos are for advanced (and in some cases virtuoso) players in mind and although designed for Tenor Horn most of the pieces are suitable for any Eb instrument.

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  • Deliverance
    is the fourth movement of my 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 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.
    The scene set for mvt 4 finds survivors seeking sanctuary in the Church of Santa Maria, still standing among the burning ruins of Los Angeles, and praying for Deliverance from the invaders.
  • Cossack Fire Dance
    The central movement of Call of the Cossacks, a suite originally written for the Black Dyke Brass Band.
    Based on the folk song Mazeltov the music brings to mind part of the Cossack wedding ceremony where, following a Klezmer style clarinet call, each guest around the camp fire comes forward in turn to offer congratulations.
    The multiple instrumentalists of the original have been supplanted by a single “guest” whose increasingly attention seeking behaviour includes quoting from a number of popular musical display pieces...
  • Encore
    Encore is based upon the study Spinnlied by David Popper (1843-1913) who is best remembered as a prolific composer of cello music.
    The string techniques exploited in the original study have been replaced by those regularly encountered by advanced brass players, with double-tonguing front and centre.
  • Soliloquy
    Jules Verne's 1864 novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth takes the form of a sequence of diary entries by Axel, nephew of explorer Professor Otto Lidenbrock, as they undertake “hair-breadth ‘scapes and ventures perilous” in a vast interior world.
    Soliloquy reflects on a key scene of the book; Axel’s despair as he becomes separated and is lost in the labyrinth.
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The main theme from On Alderley Edge was commissioned for euphonium solo by Riki McDonnell. Recorded by both Riki and Morgan Griffiths.

(Piano transcription by Margaret Antrobus.)

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* Now in the 2013 Associated Board syllabus for Euphonium/Baritone (Grade 7).

In League with Extraordinary Gentlemen combines two of composer Peter Graham's life interests - composition and 19th century popular fiction. Each of the concerto’s three movements takes its musical inspiration from extraordinary characters who have transcended the original genre and have subsequently found mass audiences through film, television and comic book adaptations.

The first movement follows a traditional sonata form outline with one slight modification. The order of themes in the recapitulation is reversed, mirroring a plot climax in the H.G. Wells novella The Time Machine (where the protagonist, known only as The Time Traveller, puts his machine into reverse bringing the story back full circle).

The Adventure of the Final Problem is the title of a short story published in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle. This is an account of the great detective’s final struggle with his long-time adversary Professor Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland. The music takes the form of a slowed down ländler (a Swiss/Austrian folk dance) and various acoustic and electronic echo effects call to mind the alpine landscape. The final bars pose a question paralleling that of Conan Doyle in the story – have we really seen the last of Sherlock Holmes?

The final movement, The Great Race, follows Phileas Fogg on the last stage of his epic journey “Around the World in Eighty Days” (from the novel by Jules Verne). The moto perpetuo nature of the music gives full rein to the soloist’s technical virtuosity. As the work draws to a conclusion, the frantic scramble by Fogg to meet his deadline at the Reform Club in Pall Mall, London, is echoed by the soloist’s increasingly demanding ascending figuration, set against the background of Big Ben clock chimes.

In League with Extraordinary Gentlemen was first performed by Steven Mead and the Osaka Municipal Symphonic Band, conductor Kazuhiko Komatsu, in The Symphony Hall Osaka, Japan, on June 6, 2008.

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Another superb solo from Robin Dewhurst, the easy listening light jazz style employed here is a perfect addition to the repertoire. Panache was commissioned by virtuoso euphonium player Steven Mead.

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A Portrait of Paris was written for Alexis Demailly and Bastien Baumet of the Paris Brass Band. The three movements, Promenade (aux Champs-Élysées), Sur La Seine and Tour de France, are the composer's musical impressions of some of the city's landmarks and events (with occasional references to a famous Parisian composer thrown in for good measure...)

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As youngsters growing up on the west coast of Scotland, my brother and I fell heir to an old valved radiogram which provided us with our first experiences of radio broadcasts. On the short wave signal, and through the static, we could pick up a whole range of programmes from across the Atlantic. I particularly recall the baseball games, the American accents of the announcers providing a window to a evocative world far removed from our small Ayrshire town. These memories form the basis of Radio City.

The work is set in three movements, each introduced by a pastiche radio announcer narrative written by Philip Coutts. The first, City Noir, is a nod towards Raymond Chandler's eponymous private eye Philip Marlow and the dark cityscape of 1940s California.  

Movement two, Cafe Rouge, takes its title from the main restaurant in New York's famous Hotel Pennsylvania. Two of the most famous band leaders of the 1940s, trombonists Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey, broadcast live from the cafe on numerous occasions and the movement echoes with a collage of imagined sounds from the period.

The finale, Two-Minute Mile, derives from an event dubbed in the USA as  "the most exciting two minutes in sport", namely the Kentucky Derby. The virtuoso soloist figurations have their roots in Kentucky bluegrass fiddle music, with the galloping bluegrass clog-dancing rhythms providing the backdrop.

Peter Graham

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Extracts performed by Brett Baker (trombone) with the Black Dyke Band, conductor Dr Nicholas Childs.
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The title The Red Novae is derived from two sources; the description of a stellar explosion thought to be caused by the merger of two stars, and as a form of anagram of the dedicatee’s name (Dave Thornton).
The work offers the soloist an opportunity to exploit a variety of sound worlds including the use of optional electronics. (Supplied with treble and bass clef soloist parts).

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Reflections is the second 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:
Reflections – here mankind contemplates a life forever changed as the invaders progress their colonization of 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 1, 4 and 5 see the BB Concert Music tab. Complete suite also available.)

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SIX A CAPPELLA STUDIES and the sequel FIVE MORE A CAPPELLA STUDIES were written during the COVID-19 crisis as practice material for performers in lockdown.
The studies are available for free download in the links below.
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Por una cabeza, literally translated as "by a head [of a horse]" in Spanish (meaning a horse winning a race by one head's distance), is one of the most famous and popular Argentine tangos.
Composer Carlos Gardel (11 December 1890 – 24 June 1935) was a singer, songwriter and actor, and is perhaps the most prominent figure in the history of tango. The music has appeared in numerous TV and Film soundtracks, perhaps most memorably in the famous dancing scene featuring Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman.
This extended arrangement for cornet (or trumpet) incorporates a cadenza and newly written interludes.

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Turbulence, Tide and Torque can be considered to be a companion piece to my 2008 Euphonium Concerto In League with Extraordinary Gentlemen, and indeed can be performed on Euphonium (vintage or medium bore instrument preferred). Whereas the gentlemen in question in the latter work were fictional (e.g. Sherlock Holmes and Phileas Fogg), the former pays tribute to three real life women who were very much true pioneers and heroines of their age.

Turbulence: Harriet Quimby (b. 1875) was one of the world's best woman aviators, her significant and historic achievement being the first woman to fly across the English Channel. Sadly, in her lifetime very few people were aware of her 1912 accomplishment; potential press coverage was dominated by the sinking of The Titanic only two days before.

Grace Darling (b. 1815) is a name much more familiar to the public today, and in her lifetime she was lauded as a national heroine. A humble lighthouse keeper's daughter from Northumberland, her participation in the rescue of survivors from the wrecked paddle-steamer Forfarshire is well documented (a museum dedicated to her achievements located in Bamburgh, the town of her birth). This movement, Tide, develops a main theme from my large scale work Harrison's Dream, reflecting on the souls lost in the disaster.

The final movement Torque, opens with a sudden gear change such as might have been undertaken by Dorothy Levitt (b. 1882), the woman's world land speed record holder, in her Napier racing car. Levitt, who following her 1906 record-breaking achievement was described as the Fastest Girl on Earth, went on to write extensively about her experiences, encouraging females to take up motoring through her articles in The Graphic newpaper.

Turbulence, Tide and Torque was commissioned by and is dedicated to Katrina Marzella as part of an Arts Council of England funded residency I was awarded with the Black Dyke Band in 2018.

Peter Graham

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