Hannaford Variations - 2002
Eb Picc Cornet, 4 Solo Cornets, Section Cornets, Flugelhorn, Solo Tenor Horn, Section Tenor Horns, Baritones, 2 Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, 2 Euphoniums, 2 Eb Tubas, 2 Bb Tubas, 2 perc, Timpani
Premiere: October 20, 2002, Jane Mallett Theatre, Toronto/Ontario, Hannaford Street Silver Band, Michael Reason - Conductor
Composed for the Hannaford Street Silver Band. Funded by the Ontario Arts Council.
Writing this piece was my first time working with a traditional brass band. What a thrill to have so many brass instruments to work with - 4 tubas! Need I say more?
This is a very demanding piece for brass, intentionally so, as the HSSB is a powerhouse group, whose commissions are well into the 70's. Like the other works in my series of variation titled works, there is a central theme that is stated at the beginning, and then is reiterated numerous times throughout, exploring textures and rhythms, and the potential for a simple thematic idea to be the seed for a large scale work.
The movements run concurrently.