Winged Lion, The
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Duration: c. 19:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Maecenas Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - £80.50 | Score Only (print) - £19.95
1. Bucintoro – 3:55
2. Bocca di Leone – 3:30
3. Carnevale – 4:45
4. Lido Mattinata – 3:05
5. La Serenissima – 4:50
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
Horn in F I-II
(percussion detail desired)
None discovered thus far.
The Winged Lion is the emblem of Venice and the sign of St. Mark, the city’s patron saint. Venice’s association with music and musicians has always been important, with music playing a considerable part in the city’s life. McNeff wanted to write something that went beyond a travelogue description to capture some of the mystery and atmosphere of the city – exquisitely beautiful but with dark streams and currents.
Its five movements, which the composer has stated may be performed separately, evoke various scenes and atmospheres of Venice, ending with the Bucintoro, the Doge’s great state barge, returning to the quay amid great splendour.
The Winged Lion was first performed by the Southwark Concert Band, conductor Robert Bridges, during the BASBWE Festival of Wind and the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK, during March 2004.
- Program Note by World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE)
Not short on colour, flamboyant flourish, contrast, reflection, passion and celebration, the composer explores the darker Machiavellian side [of Venice]: the hidden face behind the mask and the dungeons deep beneath the Doge’s palace across the Bridge of Sighs.
- Program Note by Guy Woolfenden
- The Winged Lion has been recommended as interesting, serious and distinctive music by members of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE).
- Audio CD: Philharmonia a Vent (John Boyd, conductor) - 2007
None discovered thus far.
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Works for Winds by This Composer
- Clarinet Concerto (2005)
- Concerto for Flute and Wind Orchestra (2014)
- The Darkling Serenade (2016)
- Do Not Go Gentle
- Ghosts (2001)
- Image in Stone (2007)
- Moving Parts (2003)
- Rant! (2002)
- Wasteland Wind Music (2001)
- Wasteland Wind Music 2 (2001)
- The Winged Lion (2003)
- McNeff, S. (2004). The Winged Lion (2003/4) : For Concert Band [score]. Maecenas Music: Kenley.
- Perusal score
- World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) Accessed 6 August 2016