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Malcolm Binney

Malcolm Binney

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Subtitle: From Master Humphrey's Clock

General Info

Year: 1988
Duration: c. 11:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Maecenas Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - £73.50   |   Score Only (print) - £19.50

Movements (played without pause)

1. Fagin's Ball – 3:23
2. Nancy's Lament – 2:25
3. Sairey – 1:50
<1-- av 133-146 --> 4. Bozmania – 3:30


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Master Humphrey’s Clock was commissioned by the Kent Youth Wind Orchestra and draws on Dickens’ Kent for inspiration. The Four Character Studies form the last part of the larger work and explore the miscellany of personalities, scenes and colors in the works of Dickens. The four widely contrasting sections comprise studies of Fagin, Nancy and Sairey Gamp, culminating in Bozmania, a joyous and exhilarating fugue which draws together elements of the preceding movements to produce an energetic and dazzling finale.

- Program Note from University of Nebraska Symphonic Band concert program, 7 December 2017

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Symphonic Winds (Emily Threinen, conductor) – 6 March 2019
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Symphonic Band (Anthony Falcone, conductor) – 7 December 2017

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Binney, M.; Dickens, C. (1988) [2000]. Four Character Studies: From Master Humphrey's Clock [score]. Maecenas Music: Kenley, U.K.
  • Perusal score