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Nigel Clarke

Nigel Clarke

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Subtitle: Concerto for Cornet and Wind Orchestra

General Info

Year: 2012 / 2015
Duration: c. 22:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Brass band
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. Menaced Assassin – 6:50
2. The Dominion of Light – 2:40
3. The Flavour of Tears – 7:40
4. The Discovery of Fire – 5:20


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None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

During the time he has lived in Brussels, Clarke has built a strong artistic relationship with Brass Band Buizingen. Written especially to showcase the multi-facetted playing of Harmen Vanhoorne, the concerto takes as its expressive starting point four paintings by the Belgium surrealist, René Magritte (1898-1967). Clarke responds to the first, The Menaced Assassin, with music full of drama, edge and dissonance. Fanfares based on the devilish tritone dominate the scene. Rather like the much less flamboyant but equally demanding Sinfonia Concertante by Heaton, the soloist kept busy throughout. In The Dominion of Light, the transparency of the writing and the emphasis on high percussion and cornets, lifts the mood. In The Flavour of Tears, Harmen’s lyrical and rubato style is emphasised. In the finale, The Discovery of Fire, the music spits fire in a relentless moto perpetuo.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

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