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< 5:00 Brass Band Fanfare Band Grade 3

The Month of Maying

Now is the month of maying is one of the most famous of the English ballets, by Thomas Morley published in 1595.  The song delights in bawdy double-entendre. It is apparently about spring dancing, but this is a sexual metaphor. For example, a “barley-break” would have suggested outdoor sexual activity (rather like we might say a “roll in the hay”). The use of such imagery was very customary during the Renaissance.

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Now is the month of maying,
When merry lads are playing,
Fa la la la la la la la la,
Fa la la la la la lah.
Each with his bonny lass
Upon the greeny grass.
Fa la la, etc...
The Spring, clad all in gladness,
Doth laugh at Winter’s sadness,
Fa la la, etc...
And to the bagpipe’s sound
The nymphs tread out their ground.
Fa la la, etc...
Fie then! why sit we musing,
Youth’s sweet delight refusing?
Fa la la, etc...
Say, dainty nymphs, and speak,
Shall we play barley-break?
Fa la la etc...
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< 5:00 Fanfare Band Grade 3

The Crows

The Crows is a high spirited march written for fanfare band ‘Sursum Corda‘ Rijsoord (NL). The people of Rijsoord are called ‘Crows‘ hence the title of the march.

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< 5:00 Brass Band Fanfare Band Grade 3

Soaring the Sky

Soaring the Sky is a short piece in a typical brass band style with influences from popular music. It captures a feeling of freedom: a feeling of flying in total harmony with your surroundings. To soar literally means flying without propulsion, furthermore, it means to ascend to an unknown height.

This piece is best performed in a special seating plan, with the cornets rows facing each other standing behind the saxhorns, the trombones are placed behind the tubas. For extra effect, a drumkit can be placed in the centre of the band. This way the antiphonal character is best utilized.

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05:00-10:00 Brass Band Fanfare Band Grade 3

Saint Lambert

Saint Lambert was commissioned by Chr. Muziekvereniging Jeduthun Oldemarkt for their 110th anniversary (1905-2015). The piece is based on the legend of Saint Lambert. In the seventh century he was appointed bishop of Maastricht. The work starts with the main theme followed by the Saint-theme. In the first section, the unstable political situation is portrayed, eventually leading to the banishment of Lambert. In the second section we find Lambert at the monastery of Stavelot defying wind and snow while his prayers, this act leads to his eventual canonization as a saint. In the third section ascension day has arrived in Oldemarkt where the Lambertus market takes place and we hear the Bachchoral “Als Vierzig Tag nach Ostern“. 

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05:00-10:00 Fanfare Band Grade 3

River Town Sketches

River Town Sketches gives an impression of the village Rijsoord, located north of the ‘little Waal’. After the slow introduction ‘Dawn‘, the pace gets faster in the second section ‘War‘. Rijsoord has its place in history since the Dutch capitulation in World War II was signed here, after the bombing of Rotterdam. The third section ‘Pastorale‘ portrays the qualities of Rijsoord that made it into an Artists Colony. Finally, the current Rijsoord is shown in ‘River Town‘, a fast section with large musical contrasts.

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05:00-10:00 Brass Band Fanfare Band Grade 3 Solos

One Night, One Tale

One Night, One Tale is a solo for horn and band. Scheherazade is the storyteller in the stories from One Thousand and One Nights. To escape death by the sultan, who beheads all his brides, so they won’t be unfaithful, she tells a story every night and stops in the middle. Every night the sultan is curious and spares her. This way Scheherazade stays alive until the sultan is cured of his madness. They lived happily ever after.

“Atmosperic and challenging, it is an asset in the repertoire for horn and fanfare band!”

Fokke van Heel (Principal Horn NedPho)
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< 5:00 Brass Band Fanfare Band Grade 3 Solos

Mountain King Swing

Mountain King Swing is a swinging solo based on Edvard Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King from the Peer Gynt Suite No. 1. This arrangement is easy to play for band and playable for an intermediate soloist on baritone saxophone or bass trombone. The solo parts differ musically to suit the characteristics of the instrument.

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05:00-10:00 Brass Band Concert Band Fanfare Band Grade 3

From the Sea

From the Sea is a work in three sections based on land reclamation. The first section (The New Land) expresses feelings of expectation and excitement that come with the new land. The second section (The Old Sea) is a nostalgic retrospect to the (old) sea. A sea that was sometimes turbulent, but also a source of life. In the third section (The Future Land) captures the joy of life on the new land to the present day.

The work was written for the combined music ensembles of the Noordoostpolder.

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05:00-10:00 Brass Band Concert Band Fanfare Band Grade 3

Epitaph

Epitaph is a slow work in memory of lost family members. Feelings of anger, grief and acceptance are part of the process of losing someone. However, fond memories and joyous moments can also be part of the final goodbye.

The final moment of rest is signified by the hymn tune Deep Harmony.

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05:00-10:00 Fanfare Band Grade 3

Dutch Medley

Dutch Medley is a medley on Dutch folk songs. Merck toch hoe sterck, Al die willen te kaapren vaaren, In een blauw geruite kiel and Ferme jongens, stoere knapen are showcased in different styles.