Romanza (Curnow)

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James Curnow

James Curnow

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General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Curnow Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Romanza was commissioned to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Lewis Buckley's directorship of the MetWinds of Lexington, Mass.

The Italian term romanza is often described as a solo instrumental composition with ensemble accompaniment that contains both a technical and expressive mood. Romanza, in this instance, is designed to feature a solo trumpet with wind symphony in a kaleidoscope of musical color, technical dexterity and musical expression for both the soloist and the wind symphony.

The composer has developed several sketches (variations) on an old and beautiful English (sometimes credited as being English, Irish, Scottish or Welsh) folk melody, O Waley, Waley, in an effort to imitate the old style of theme and variation solo compositions from the past centuries, but with new harmonic and rhythm interest. In the past, the variations have been short and concise while using the same musical material between each variation.

O Whaley, Whaley has most often been associated with the texts The Water is Wide and Amazing Grace, but here the composer has chosen to capture the passion, tenderness, yet sadness of the original love song text, when the tune is finally presented in the middle of the composition.

- Program Note from MetWinds concert program, 30 April 2017


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  • MetWinds (Lexington, Mass.) (James O'Dell, conductor; Lewis J. Buckley, trumpet) - 30 April 2017 *Premiere Performance*

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