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Angel of the North

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Michael Brand

Michael Brand

General Info

Year: 2004
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G and M Brand - British Music Publishers
Cost: Score & Parts - $70.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal (crash and large suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Timpani
  • Tubular Bells (2)


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Program Notes

Angel of the North takes its title and inspiration from the large public sculpture next to the A1 road in Gateshead in Northeast England. Its wings are 54 metres wide, a larger span than a jumbo jet, and the statue stands higher than a five story building. The sculptor Antony Gormley says that the hill top site on which it sits conveys the feelings of being a megalithic mound.

I had heard about the sculpture, but when I drove past for the first time the size quite took my breath away. I turned round to view it again, imagining what the angel might see from that height, and ballet scenes came into my head.

This piece is based on the local folk song - "Dance to Your Daddy" - and comprises four of these scenes: A misty morning as a village awakes for a miners' holiday, the local (not very good) brass band marching past, a love duet and a dance. The full folk tune reappears and musical fragments of each scene compete for the Angel's attention.

-Program Note by Michael Brand

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