In League with Extraordinary Gentlemen
Subtitle: A Concerto for Euphonium
1. The Time Traveler – 8:15
2. The Adventure of the Final Problem – 7:00
3. The Great Race – 3:45
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
- Bass Drum
- Bell Tree
- Crash Cymbals
- Snare Drum
- Suspended Cymbal
- Wood Block
None discovered thus far.
In League with Extraordinary Gentlemen combines two of my life interests, composition and 19th century popular fiction. Each of the concerto’s three movements takes its musical inspiration from extraordinary characters who have transcended the original genre and have subsequently found mass audiences through film, television and comic book adaptions.
The first movement follows a traditional sonata form with the order of themes being reversed in the recapitulation, mirroring the plot climax in the H. G. Wells novella, The Time Machine. The second movement, The Adventure of the Final Problem, is the title of a short story published in the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Doyle. This is an account of the great detective’s final struggle with the long-time adversary Professor Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland.
The third and final movement, The Great Race, follows Phileas Fogg on the last stage of the epic journey around the world in eighty days.
- Program Note from Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble concert program, 25 April 2019
Playing the euphonium was something of a family tradition in the Graham household. With my father (Peter) and late grandfather (Thomas) active in their respective local Salvation Army brass bands, my uncle Tommy solo euphonium with the mighty Tullis Russell Mills Band and my school brass teacher Robert Sands also an aficionado of the instrument, hardly a day passed when performances and recordings by the “greats’, Clough, Groom, Sullivan et al. were being discussed and appraised. And so when one of the greats of today, Steven Mead, asked me to write a concerto, it was with this background in mind that I set to the task.
- Program Note from score
None discovered thus far.
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- Kennesaw (Ga. ) State University Wind Ensemble (David T. Kehler, conductor; Andrew Berry, euphonium) – 25 April 2019
- Osaka (Japan) Municipal Symphonic Band ( Kazuhiko Komatsu, conductor; Steven Mead, euphonium) – 6 June 2008 *Premiere Performance*
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Academic Festival Fanfare
- Alloway Tales
- Brillante (1987)
- Cartoon Music
- Cats Tales (2008)
- Cossack Fire Dance
- Cossack Wedding Dance
- Cry of the Celts
- Day of the Dragon
- Elegy (from Harrison's Dream)
- Gaelforce (2001)
- Harrison's Dream (2003)
- Harrison's Dream (arr. Lindsey) (2003/2021)
- Hine e Hine (as arranger) (1907/2004)
- In League with Extraordinary Gentlemen (2009)
- Intrada (On a Theme by Thomas Tallis)
- Journey to the Centre of the Earth (2006)
- Northern Landscapes
- Pentium (2002)
- The Red Machine (2004)
- Seize the Day (2010/2012)
- Shine as the Light (2002)
- Suite from Call of the Cossacks
- Summon the Dragon
- Swedish Folksong
- Symphony for Wind Orchestra 'Montage'
- Three Jazz Pieces
- Windows of the World (2001/2002)
- Graham, P. (2008). In league with Extraordinary Gentlemen : A Concerto for Euphonium [score]. Gramercy Music: Cheadle Hulme, UK.
- Perusal score