Kneller's Legacy

From Wind Repertory Project
Tom Davoren

Tom Davoren


General Info

Year: 2022
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Tom Davoren Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $130.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Electric Guitar (optional)
Bass Guitar (optional)
Piano
Harp
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

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Program Notes

2020 represented the end of an era for the Royal Corps of Army Music, and indeed for all those involved with wind music the world over. Kneller Hall has been the home of the Royal Military School of Music since 1857, when it was commissioned to train the musicians of the British Military by Queen Victoria and the Duke of Cambridge. In 2020 the Royal Corps of Army Music and the Royal Marines Band Service embarked on an exciting bi-service musical training program, resulting in the decommissioning of Kneller Hall for use in military music.

The brief of Kneller’s Legacy, commissioned by the Royal Corps of Army Music, was to celebrate the storied history of the Royal Military School of Music at Kneller Hall, represent the progressive spirit of Royal Corps of Army Music, while serving as an appropriate commemoration for the end of an era in British military music.

The work paints a nostalgic picture over eight minutes in duration. The opening is a hazy and romantic trip backwards in time. A veiled voicing of God Save the Queen is ever present as we recall students and performances of the past though the interweaving of signature marches of the bands of the household division; the Grenadier, Coldstream, Welsh, Scotts, and Irish Guards. This is followed by a grand pageant, reminiscent of the ceremonial Trooping the Colour or Beating Retreat. A noble march style melody is punctuated by fanfares and flourishes, reminiscent of the pomp of British classical music in the early 20th century. Still coloured by quotes from military marches, the main body of material for this section is drawn from the folk song Blow Away the Morning Dew, the signature march of the Royal Military School of Music and inspiration behind the third movement of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ seminal Folk Song Suite, which was premiered at Kneller Hall almost a century ago in 1923.

- Program Note by composer


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