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Autumn's Elegy

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Kenneth Hesketh

Kenneth Hesketh

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General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: ca. 9:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FaberMusic
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Autumn’s Elegy is scored for a large wind orchestra for 21 woodwind, 14 brass, string bass and 4 timp/percussion players. The three B-flat clarinet parts each divide ‘a 2′, and two euphoniums and two bass tubas are required.

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None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Autumn’s Elegy derives from an early symphony for orchestra (for the Merseyside Youth Orchestra), written when I was 16 years old. Originally the slow movement (my wind band work Masque was the scherzo), the work has since been revised but has retained the original structure and most of the material of the youthful version.

It seemed appropriate to use this early piece as the basis for the new work, given that its dedicatee, Timothy Reynish, is certainly one of the most youthful-in-spirit 75-year-olds I have ever met or worked with. The music is replete with big melodies and bittersweet harmonies, with an ever-expanding formal arch, ending as it began with a solo line. Direct and hopefully touching, Autumn’s Elegy is a heartfelt thank you to a conductor who has done more than most to widen the vision of wind orchestras in the United Kingdom and beyond.

Autumn's Elegy was commissioned as a 75th birthday gift for Timothy Reynish, who conducted the first performance on 9 March 2013 in a celebration concert given at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, United Kingdom, by the RNCM Wind Orchestra.

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



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State Ratings

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