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Ringing Isle, The

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Jonathan Dove

Jonathan Dove (arr. Phillip Littlemore)

General Info

Year: 1997 / 2002
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Faber Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $63.00   |   Score - $16.00


Full Score
Piccolo I-II
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (or Tam-tam)
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone


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Program Notes

Handel called Britain ‘the ringing isle’ because when he came to live here, he heard bells ringing everywhere: great bells in towers, and handbells in some of the first houses he visited. The sound of people ringing the changes is a peculiarly British sound of celebration, and it is the sound of communal music-making, so it seemed a good starting point for a piece celebrating British musical life. The Ringing Isle also conjures up an image of some magical island, and although I have borrowed some change-ringing phrases (from ‘Grandsire Doubles’, ‘Oxford Treble Bob Minor’ and one suggested by ‘Plain Bob Major’), I was also musically wondering what it might feel like, perhaps on an ocean voyage, to discover such an island. The Ringing Isle was commissioned by British Telecommunications plc for the 1997-98 BT Celebration Series in honour of the 50th Anniversary of the Association of British Orchestras. I have written two versions of the piece, one for chamber orchestra and one for symphony orchestra, so that it can be played by all the orchestras taking part in the series. An exciting and unusual challenge! And it’s a very lucky composer who gets the chance to hear his piece played by so many distinguished musicians.

The first performance of this arrangement was given by the Birmingham Symphonic Winds, conducted by Keith Allen, at the CBSO Centre, Birmingham on 22 June 2002.

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