Hannaford Variations - 2002                      

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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

 

1. Fanfare

2. Scherzo

3. Lyric

4. Barbaric

 

  • 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.