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WIND BAND (look uder CHRISTMAS for Christmas band music)
I Was Glad - Parry arr. Alun Cook
For performance with or without a choir.

Parry's anthem "I was glad when they said unto me" uses verse from Psalm 122 found in the Book of Common Prayer of 1662. It is famously used at every coronation since 1902. The history of using this text goes back to 1685 when Henry Purcell wrote a setting for the coronation of James 2.

This arrangement has been written so that it may be performed with or without a choir. If performed with a small choir you will have to be careful with balance. The section from letter E to letter J is often omitted when performed other than at a coronation. The "Vivat Regina" passage welcomes the new monarch and is changed slightly at every coronation. It is a great shame to exclude this lovely section of the work, so it is scored so that it may be played without choir if required.

The anthem is also available in a version for 10 piece brass ensemble

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PDF icon Moderate/Hard 6m 07s
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Movements from Pictures at an Exhibition - Mussorgsky arr. Alun Cook

These arrangements of movements from Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" aim to fill the gaps in what has already been written for Wind Band. Other versions have movements missing or suddenly go into bizarre keys (a semitone difference from the original between two movements that are supposed to segue)! It is pretty difficult for anyone to claim that they haven't been influence by the Ravel orchestration, but I have tried to set that aside and work from the original piano score.

The Gnome - The Gnome is a difficult beast, both for the musicians to negotiate the awkward twisting phrasing, and for the conductor to control the starting and stopping and create a feeling of suspense.

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PDF icon Hard 2m 47s
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Baba Yaga - Baba Yaga is not a pleasant character. The slavic myths vary but generally portrays an evil grandmother who flies through the air in a mortar using a pestle as a rudder (she lives in the Hut on Chickens legs - another movement of Pictures). Snarling and nasty! The piece goes straight into the next movement (Great Gate of Kiev) as you will hear on the MP3.

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PDF icon Hard 3m 33a
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Great Gate of Kiev - This is an exhausting blow, but very popular with audiences and the climax of Mussorgsky's parade of pictures.

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PDF icon Not hard, just exhausting 6m 06s
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CLARINET AND WIND BAND TOP
Clarinet Carillon - Alun Cook
for Solo Clarinet and Wind Band

A showpiece for Clarinet with Wind Band accompaniment. I had intended the solo part to be of about Grade 6 standard but it has turned out to be rather harder, but it is definitely fun to play. The band accompaniment includes plenty of cues for missing instruments, and having a good xylophone player is an advantage. Clarinet Carillon is also available for Clarinet and Piano. The MP3 (at the moment) is just a midi recording but because of the limitations of some sound cards, it may give a better idea of how the piece should sound.

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PDF icon Hard - Grade 8 5m 45s
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SAXOPHONE AND WIND BAND TOP
Boris Goes to Dublin - Alun Cook
Alto Saxophone and Wind Band

"Boris" has a challenging solo part and is written as an "audience friendly" showpiece for Alto Saxophone and Wind Band. The band parts are well cued as bands vary in size, and could be played by quite a small ensemble. If you have full band you may need to lighten the scoring in places. The solo part is a good Grade 8 (UK) standard. The band parts are not excessively difficult.

"Boris" can also be found on this site with an orchestral accompaniment, a concert piece with piano, and in an arrangement for Saxophone Octet. The MP3 file has a "live" saxophonist playing with a synthesized accompaniment but it gives a good feel for the piece.

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PDF icon Hard 4m 58s
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FRENCH HORN AND WIND BAND TOP
Horn and Hounds - Alun Cook
French Horn and Wind Band

This is a show piece for French Horn and Band but it is not very difficult. Aimed at the developing player you might think of it as a junior "Hunter's Moon". The band parts are well cued so you can do without the more unusual instruments.

"Horn and Hounds" is also available for Horn and Piano

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PDF icon Moderate 4m 39s
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