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April-England

From Wind Repertory Project
John Foulds

John Foulds (arr. Keane Southard)

General Info

Year: 1926/2015
Original Medium: Piano
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Spindrift Pages
Cost: Score and Parts (PDF) - $135.00   |   Score Only (PDF) - $20.00

Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II-III-IV
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV-V-VI
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Bb Soprano Sax
Eb Alto Sax
Bb Tenor Sax
Eb Baritone Sax
Bb Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Trombone IV (Bass)
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
Double Bass
Celeste
Harp
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Triangle
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Large Bass Drum

Errata

None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

One morning in 2010 while waking up to the radio, my half-awake ears heard an orchestral work that I instantly fell in love with. Luckily I was able to catch the name of the piece and composer, which happened to be John Foulds' April-England, and thus began my fascination with this composer and his music. It is unbelievable to me that Foulds and his music were virtually forgotten for the majority of the 20th century. In particular, this piece is truly an early 20th century masterpiece that I know performers and audiences would love to play and hear, and although it pales in comparison with Foulds' own versions (it was originally written for piano,) I wanted to create a transcription in order to share this great piece with wind ensembles.

Foulds wrote that “Such moments as those of the Solstices and Equinoxes always seem to be particularly potent to the creative artist, and no less significant the place in which he happens to be at the time,” and he dated the score of the original piano version as 21 March 1926, the first day of spring. He identified the opening triadic theme as “connected with the impression of April” and the stately melody that follows it (at rehearsal “A” in my transcription) with England. The beautiful middle section is based on a repeated ground bass as joyous counterpoint builds over it leading to an overwhelming climax.

-Program Note by Keane Southard

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

Media Links

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State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer

Resources

  • Keane Southard - Official Website
  • MacDonald, Malcolm (1975). John Foulds: His Life in Music: with a Detailed Catalogue of His Works, a Discography, a Bibliographical Note, and with Music Examples and Illustrations. Rickmansworth, Herts.: Triad Press. ISBN 0-902070-15-0.
  • MacDonald, Malcolm (1989). John Foulds and His Music: An Introduction. White Plains, N.Y.; London: Pro/Am Music Resources. ISBN 0-912483-02-4.