Duration: c. 10.30 minutes

 

Audio:

 

 

 

Publisher: STUDIO MUSIC COMPANY

 

Programme Notes:

A NORFOLK RHAPSODY was commissioned by, and is dedicated to, Robert Galliard and the Springwood High School Concert Band, King’s Lynn, Norfolk. The work is a short tone poem based on an imaginary day ‘somewhere in Norfolk’. The whole piece is built on the motto ‘theme’ G A after the dedicatee’s musical signature. The opening utilises the traditional English melody King’s Lynn using a body of recorder players drawn from within the band. This leads into a mysterious, unsettled, section before the sun finally breaks through and we’re in a typical Norfolk country morning scene. Rhapsodic sections continue to grow until the storm clouds break and the rains are upon us. This dramatic section has its moment before settling down into a brief reprise of the King’s Lynn tune (again on recorders) and the final section entitled Homage to Malcolm Arnold (who lived his last years in Norfolk) is embarked upon. A concise coda winds things up with an additional (surprising) contribution from within the band.

 

Instrumentation:

TBC

 

Available Recordings:

 

 

A Norfolk Rhapsody

Spirit of the Dance - Great British Music for Wind Band - Vol. 17

Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra

Cond.  Mark Heron

 

Polyphonic Reproductions Ltd.

QPRM 157D

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