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Philip Sparke

Philip Sparke

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General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 3:05
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Anglo Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €82.99   |   Score Only (print) - €17.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Exultation is a short and energetic concert opener that is similar to a palindrome. A fanfare opens the work, juxtaposing 3/4 and 6/8, reminiscent of Latin-American music. The main theme is first heard on the euphonium, horns and saxophones, which is very bluesy. The contrasting second theme is short and spikey and played by the bass instruments of the band. A lyric melody emerges as the rest of the orchestra joins in. The second theme reappear,s which leads back to the ‘blues’ melody, which leads back to the opening fanfare. Palindromic!

- Program Note from publisher

Exultation, by Philip Sparke, was premiered in 2009 by the Japanese concert band, Musee d’Art Harmonic in celebration of the ensemble’s 10th anniversary. Exultation is a short and energetic concert opener which is almost palindromic in form. The piece begins in fanfare style, juxtaposing 3/4 and 6/8 rhythms, hinting at Latin styling. This introduces the main theme in euphonium, horns and saxophones which has a ‘blues’ tinge, underpinned by alternating 3/4 and 6/8 rhythms. After a short bridge passage, a second theme appears, which is short and spiky and played by the low voice instruments of the band. This theme is then taken up by the whole ensemble and leads to a central more lyrical theme, first appearing as a lyrical trumpet solo. The staccato second theme reappears, which leads back to the ‘blues’ melody and in turn, reintroduces the opening fanfare that brings the work to a rousing conclusion.

- Program Note from The Alabama Winds concert program, 20 December 2017


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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