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Between the Two Rivers

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Philip Sparke

Philip Sparke

Subtitle: Variations on Ein Fest Burg

General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: c. 14:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Fanfare Orchestra
Publisher: Anglo Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - 294.00   |   Score Only (print) - $34.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon/B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-hat
  • Medium Tom-tom
  • Ratchet
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Tambourine
  • Temple blocks
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Between the Two Rivers was commissioned by Fanfare ‘Prins Hendrik’, from Aalst in the Netherlands. The title derives from the fact that the town of Aalst lies between two tributaries of the River Dommel. The community is a highly religious one, so the famous Luther chorale, Ein’ Feste Burg [known in English as A Mighty Fortress Is Our God], was an obvious choice for Philip Sparke to use as the theme for this new work. It takes the form of a theme with four contrasting variations.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

This substantive work is a set of four variations on the familiar hymn Ein Fest Burg. A moto perpetuo, a slower march, a sinister treatment, and a fugue each form the basis of the variations before the final full recapitulation of the chorale tune.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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