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Dreams and Fancies

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Michael Brand

Michael Brand

General Info

Year: 1997
Duration: c. 12:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G and M Brand - British Music Publishers
Cost: Score & Parts - $130.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Cornet I-II-III
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash and large suspended)
  • Drumset
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-tam)
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


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Program Notes

This is the story of a sleepless night: "fancy" is the old English word for a musical fantasy.

There are musical episodes, some of which are associated with definite pictures: the three accented pulses of the main theme signifying a kind of fate, a demented waltz which breaks down, a love theme in the middle, then a wild jazz party.

The themes all come together as the music becomes more exciting towards the end with thematic interjections appearing as flashbacks. The end is a huge climax - a grand ceremony in which lovers marry, but haunted by the three accented pulses of the first theme, representing a dark fate.

Musically, the piece is unified in two ways: Firstly, all the themes are built from the opening fifteen bars. Secondly, the pulse of the music remains virtually constant with each beat round 76 per minute. This means that the tempi need to relate to each other: a difficult task for the conductor!

Dreams and Fancies was commissioned by the St. Cecilia Fanfare Band of Bucholz (Netherlands) and first performed by them under their conductor Jos Stoffels at the World Music Congress at Kerkrade on 13 July 1997.

-Program Note by Michael Brand

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