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Kenneth Hesketh

Kenneth Hesketh

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General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Faber
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - £59.99


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Program Notes

Vranjanka (the title means "From Vranje", a town in southern Serbia, pronounced VRAHN-yahn-kah) is loosely based on the traditional folksong Šano Dušo. The melody exists in two versions, one in 7/8 and one in 3/4. I have chosen the version in 7/8 and in doing so have extended the melodic ideas of the original with new material.

The musical form of the piece is as follows: a fairly slow introductory section where the theme is only hinted at but never heard and a faster second section cast in a set of variations on the folksong. These are not variations in the traditional sense, with clearly marked beginnings and endings, but ongoing developments of the various melodic material in the folksong with original material 'growing out' alongside.

The text for 'Vranjanka influenced the composition more often than not at an unconscious level, but it is included here for reference: "Sana, my soul, opens the door to me, Open the door to me and I will give you coins. My heart is burning for you, Sana. Your fair face, Sana, is snow from the mountains, Your forehead, Sana, is like moonlight. That mouth of yours, Sana, like a deep red sunset, That eye, my darling, makes me burn. When night comes, marvellous Sana, I twist in sadness, Your beauty, Sana, will not let me sleep. "

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by Tim and Hilary Reynish in memory of their son William, with first performance by the Wind Orchestra of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, given at the BASBWE Conference RNCM, October 2005.

- Program Note by World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE)


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