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Philip Sparke

Philip Sparke

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Subtitle: Variations on a Melody of Adriaen Valerius (1575-1625)

General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 8:25
Difficulty: III+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: de haske
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $153.00   |   Score Only (print) - $29.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Cornets
B-flat Flugelhorns I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
B-flat Baritones I-II
E-flat Tuba
B-flat Tuba
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail needed)


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Program Notes

Based on the melody Merck toch hoe sterck by Adrianus Valerius, Philip Sparke has composed an intriguing set of variations offering beautiful harmonic content, a brief fugue section and lots of nice full ensemble writing.

- Program Note by publisher

Dutch artist and poet Adrianus Valerius (c. 1575-1625) is mostly remembered today for his collection of 79 songs for voice and lute or cittern published posthumously in 1626. The melody used for this set of variations is Merck toch hoe sterck, whose words tell about the War of Independence with Spain. The melody originally derives from an English tune with the title: What if an houre or a moneth. The beautiful slow melody is followed by a series of lively variations to form an extremely entertaining piece that will bring great joy to all who perform and listen to it.

- Program Note by de haske

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Sparke, P. (2007). Valerius Variations [score]. Anglo Music Press: Wembly, UK.