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Music for a Festival (Sparke)

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Philip Sparke

Philip Sparke

General Info

Year: 1985
Duration: c. 12:20
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Brass Band
Publisher: Studio Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $182.75   |   Score Only - $73.00

Movements (played without pause)

1. Con brio - 4:14
2. Andantino - 4:30
3. Vivo - 3:37


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Clarinet
B-flat 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
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-hat
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Music for a Festival was written at the request of Boosey & Hawkes Band Festivals for the Youth Section Finals of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, 1985.

The work is one continuous movement, but it does fall distinctly into three sections:

1. The work starts with an extended fanfare, which reappears at various points throughout the work. This leads to the syncopated, jazzy main theme, played in turn by various sections of the band. After several contrasting interludes, the main theme returns, quietening down to introduce:

2. A slower central section, which is characterized by intimate quartet writing and powerful climax for the whole band.

3. The piece explodes percussively out of the quiet section and is a headlong gallop, interrupted briefly by a more tranquil mood, which leads back to the opening fanfare is an exciting close.

-Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by Chris Hooker and the Hounslow Youth Wind Orchestra with funds donated by the late Cyril Lesser, a lifelong supporter of youth music.

-Program Note from Score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Westminster College (New Wilmington, Pa.) Wind Ensemble (R. Tad Greig, conductor) - May 2012

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