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Sleep Well 😈

The song “Es kam ein Herr am Schlössli“ is a lullaby from Switzerland. It can be found in the Sammlung von Schweizer Kühreihen und Volksliedern under the title “Wiegenlied“. The story is about a gentleman riding up to a castle and asking the Lady if her children are nice or naughty. The lady replies that they are naughty. Then the gentleman rides off and replies that for nice children he would have had gifts. Questions arise like: who is this man? Why would he have presents for nice children? Why would you sing this to children who are going to sleep? Therefore the title: Sleep Well, with a dark sarcastic undertone.

This work has been commissioned by the Swiss Army Brass Band and is not yet available for sale.

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Es kam ein Herr zum Schlößli
Uff emma schöne Rößli;
Da lugt die Frau zum Fenster raus
Und sagt: Der Mann ist nichtt zu Haus.
S’isch niemer d’heim als d’Chinder
und’s Meitli uf der Winde.
Der Herr uf sinem Rößli
seit zue der Frau im Schlößli
Sind’s gueti Chind, sind’s bösi Chind,
ach liebi Frau, sagt mir’s geschwind!
Die Frau, die seit: ’s sind bösi Chind,
sie folge der Muetter gar nid g’schwind!
Da seit der Herr: So reit ich heim!
dergleichen Kinder brauch ich kein‘.
und reit uf synem Rößli
weit, weit eweg vom Schlößli.
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05:00-10:00 Brass Band Grade 5

Those Gazing Eyes

Those gazing eyes is a programmatic work: We see a child gazing into the distance, slowly we enter his fantasy. An oriental dance with virtuoso solos is juxtaposed with a daydreaming theme. From this fantasy we are transported to a musing parent. Who, at first, is worried about the future of his son. Episodes of sighing and sadness lead to a solemn statement of hope. Again we see the gazing child, this time slowly entering a daydream where the main theme is fully exposed. However, as an onlooker, we will never know the full extent of these dreams. So for us, it is back to reality.

Those Gazing Eyes was in the final of the 2016 Cory Composition Prize.

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05:00-10:00 Brass Band Grade 5 Solos

Spinning Gears

Spinning Gears is a solo piece for euphonium and brass band. The piece describes a lonely cyclist emerging from the fog and surrendering to a steep climb. The fight the cyclist has to have with himself starts and leads to a final explosion of power to get to the top. There his thoughts wander and he start reminiscing about the past while looking at the vast view. The trip continues with a descent leading to high speeds and acrobatics. The last sprint to an imaginary finish brings the cyclist victory: winning the battle against himself.

Spinning Gears was recorded by Robbert Vos on his album VOX.

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05:00-10:00 Brass Band Fanfare Band Grade 5

La Follia

La Follia is an arrangement of Antonio Vivaldi’s Sonata No. 12 in D minor “Folia”, RV 63 from the twelve sonatas for two violins and basso continuo, opus 1 (1705). The folia is one of the oldest harmonic progressions in western music, it contains sixteen measures with the following harmonic scheme:

Dm | A7 | Dm | C | F | C | Dm       | A7 |
Dm | A7 | Dm | C | F | C | Dm A7 | Dm|

A folia starts out with a slow sarabande-like theme and is followed by several variations of increasing difficulty.