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Martin Ellerby

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General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 11:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Studio Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - £99.95   |   Score Only (print) - £30.00


1. Collosea di Roma
2. Capella Sistina
3. Fontani di Trevi


Full Score
C Piccolo
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-III-IV
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-VIII

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Roman Trilogy falls into three movements, all concerned with the subject of the Italian capital city of Rome, rather like my previous tributes to other European cities in Paris Sketches, Venetian Spells,, and The Cries of London.

The emphasis is on atmosphere and drama, be they respectful or joyful. It is acknowledged that Ottorino Respighi has influenced this work, though his own eternal Rome tributes are not challenged here, rather saluted and celebrated.

The three movements are:

1. Collosea di Roma: an ever-growing march mood builds in intensity and density as we approach the mighty Colosseum, the amphitheater of Classical Rome where deadly spectacles were once played out. We should not forget that countless thousands died here whilst even more laughed in the name of entertainment: their memory is reflected in the coda. In its unique way this icon of Rome is one of the most tragic historical places.

2. Capella Sistina. The Sistine Chapel of the Vatican City is observed in a series of chorales and interludes. The visitor can look 360 degrees around and be presented with a series of Biblical representations and commentaries. The music attempts to reflect these contrasting panels whilst ultimately bowing to the glory of this magnificent artistic creation. The coda is enigmatic, inconclusive -- a single viewing cannot reveal all the mysteries and beauties within.

3. Fontani di Trevi. Time for laughter and fun! The Trevi Fountain is one of Rome's finest and visually overboard locations. This is indicated as a burletta: 'a la dolce vita' which means 'the sweet life'. This burletta (meaning 'little joke') makes use of tarantella and saltarello rhythms and features a pair of tambourines which are associated with these forms. La Dolce Vita was also a film by the renowned Italian director Federico Fellini, featuring a memorable scene in the Trevi with a wet Anita Ekberg, something modern day visitors are discouraged from emulating!

Roman Trilogy was commissioned by the Green Hope High School Band, Brian Myers, Director, and is dedicated to the 15th Anniversary of Green Hope High School, Cary, North Carolina, USA. The first performance was given by these forces in the GHHS Auditorium on 15 May 2014.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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