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More Old Wine in New Bottles

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Gordon Jacob

Gordon Jacob


General Info

Year: 1978
Duration: c. 11:25
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: June Emerson Wind Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €27.25


Movements

1. Down Among the Dead Men - 3:55
2. The Oak and the Ash - 3:30
3. The Lincolnshire Poacher - 1:30
4. Joan to the Maypole - 2:25


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II (second doubling Piccolo)
Oboe I-II (second doubling Cor Anglais)
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (ad lib)
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II


Errata

  • Movement One – Down Among the Dead Men
    • Measure 17: 1st Bassoon, score only – Should be mf, not “fmf.”
    • Measure 27-28: 2nd Clarinet, score only – The A should be tied over the bar line.
    • Measure 29: 2nd Oboe and 2nd Clarinet, score and parts – The two lines are in unison and have different articulations on beats 3-4.
    • Measure 30: Double Bassoon, part only – The first and second quarter notes, should be slurred. The third and fourth quarter notes should also be slurred.
    • Measure 42: Double Bassoon, score only – The first two eights should be slurred.
    • Measure 57: 1st Bassoon, score only – The final note should be A, not G.
    • Measure 63: 2nd Flute, score and part – Should be marked piano.
    • Measure 72: 2nd Bassoon, score only – Should be D, not C.
    • Measure 73: 2nd Clarinet, score and part – Should be marked fortissimo.
    • Measure 105: 1st Bassoon, score only – An extra tenuto marking on the first quarter note is incorrect.
  • Movement Two – The Oak and the Ash
    • Measure 27: Cor Anglais, score only – The eighth notes on beat four should be slurred.
    • Measures 37-44: 1st Horn, score and part – The cues in this part have different slur markings when compared with the Cor Anglais.
    • Measure 44: 1st Horn, score only – The only F in the measure should be sharp.
    • Measures 71-72: 2nd Clarinet, score only – The A should be tied over the bar line.
  • Movement Three – The Lincolnshire Poacher
    • Measure 56: 2nd Oboe, score only – The dotted quarter note should be F, not G.
    • Measure 64: Double Bassoon, score and part – The dotted quarter note should be F, not E-flat.
    • Measure 71: 1st Clarinet, score only – The entire measure should slur into the first quarter note of the following measure.
    • Measure 71: 1st Bassoon, score and part – The entire measure should slur into the first quarter note of the following measure.
    • Measures 73-85: Double Bassoon, score only – These thirteen measures should be an octave higher.
    • Measure 77: 2nd Clarinet, score and part – The dotted quarter note should be E-flat, not E-natural.
    • Measure 85: 1st Flute and 2nd Flute, score and part – The articulation on the dotted half note should be marcato.
    • Measure 85: 2nd Bassoon, score and part – The grace note should be a D-flat, not E-flat.
  • Movement Four – Joan, to the Maypole
    • Measure 21: 2nd Clarinet, score and part – The third eighth note should be marked forte.
    • Measure 46: 2nd Trumpet, score and part – The fourth note should be E-flat, not E-natural.
    • Measure 68: 2nd Bassoon, score only – Both quarter notes in the measure should be marked tenuto.
    • Measure 94: 2nd Horn, score only – The measure should start mezzo-forte.


Program Notes

In 1976, seventeen years after the premiere of the original Old Wine in New Bottles (1959) and now at the age of eighty-one, Gordon Jacob began composing More Old Wine in New Bottles (1977). June Emerson, the owner of a music publishing company of the same name and friend of Jacob, requested the composition. Jacob initially referred to the piece as “Son of Old Wine” in a letter dated June 1976. By August of that year, he wrote to Emerson that he was “about to get to work” on “Old Wine – Set 2.” In September 1976, June Emerson replied and suggested the piece be renamed “More Old Wine in New Bottles.” Jacob replied, “Thank you for your thoughtful reaction to “More Old Wine ...” I agree with the title, in fact I nearly called it that myself -- don’t know why I didn’t.”

More Old Wine in New Bottles is based upon four British folk songs set in theme and variations form. The recognizable melodies, clear formal structures, and more traditional tertian harmonies allow contrasting styles coupled with unique instrumental combinations to jump to the forefront of the sound. More Old Wine in New Bottles has a playful quality that subtly celebrates the beauty of wind instruments and their ability to captivate an audience through orchestration and instrumental colors.

- Program Notes by Marc Decker


More Old Wine in New Bottles is composed for thirteen instruments. The original work (Old Wine in New Bottles) and its sequel here are a reflection of Jacob’s refined compositional style, which emphasizes unique textures, clear formal structures, and recognizable folk melodies.

- Program Note from University of Oregon Symphonic Band concert program, 14 March 2018


Commercial Discography

  • Audio CD: "Carnival." Youngstown State University Wind Ensemble and Dana Chamber Winds, Steven L. Gage conductor. Concert Masters Recording YSUSWE CD3 (2002).
  • Audio CD: "Old Wine in New Bottles." Youngstown State University Wind Ensemble and Dana Chamber Winds, Steven L. Gage conductor. NAXOS 8.572762 (2012).


Performances

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  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Band (Daniel Lee, conductor) - 5 November 2020
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Symphonic Band (Alex Baczewski, conductor)– 14 March 2018


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Decker, Marc David. "An Analysis of and Conductor's Guide to Gordon Jacob's 'Old Wine in New Bottles' and 'More Old Wine in New Bottles.'" DMA Thesis, The University of Iowa, 2013.