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Martin Ellerby

Martin Ellerby

Subtitle: Homages for Band

General Info

Year: 1994
Duration: c. 15:35
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Maecenas Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $190.00   |   Score Only - $47.00


1. Saint-Germain-des-Près - 3:05
2. Pigalle - 3:15
3. Père Lachaise - 4:00
4. Les Halles - 4:10


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
Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tenor Drum
  • Tom-Tom (3)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


In the 10th Anniversary engraved edition:

  • Piccolo and Flutes, mvt. IV, m.55 (Rehearsal E):The piccolo and flutes are in the wrong beat of the bar: their notes should be on beat four aligned with the wood block in the percussion.

In the earlier, hand-copied edition:

  • Alto Saxophones, mvt. V, m.105 and 106 (Rehearsal J): Written B-flats should be B-naturals.

Program Notes

Specially commissioned by the BASBWE Consortium to meet the requirements of bands of mixed ability and uncertain attendance, but making no artistic compromises. Poetic, humorous, wistful and thrilling, its four movements vividly evoke the spirit -- and some of the composers -- associated with the great city.

- Program notes by publisher

The composer provides the following program note about his composition:

This is my personal tribute to a city I love, and each movement pays homage to some part of the French capital and to other composers who lived, worked or passed through it -- rather as did Maurice Ravel in his own tribute to the work of an earlier master in Le Tombeau de Couperin. Running like a unifying thread through the whole score is the idea of bells -- a prominent feature of Paris life.

Saint-Germain-des-Prés: The Latin Quarter famous for artistic associations and bohemian lifestyle. This is a dawn tableau haunted by the shade of Ravel: the city awakens with the ever-present sense of morning bells.

Pigalle: The Soho of Paris, this is a burlesque with scenes cast in the mold of a balletic scherzo -- humorous in a kind of “Stravinsky-meets-Prokofiev” way. It’s episodic, but everything is based on the harmonic figuration of the opening. The bells here are car horns and police sirens!

Père Lachaise: This is the city’s largest cemetery, the final resting place of many a celebrity who had once walked its streets. The spirit of Satie’s Gymnopédies -- themselves a tribute to a still more distant past -- is affectionately evoked before what is in effect the work’s slow movement concludes with a quotation of the Dies Irae. The mood is one of softness and delicacy, which I have attempted to match with more transparent orchestrations. The bells are gentle, nostalgic, wistful.

Les Halles: A fast, bustling finale; the bells triumphant and celebratory. Les Halles is the old market area, a Parisian Covent Garden, and like Pigalle, this is a series of related but contrasting episodes. Its climax quotes from Hector Berlioz’s Te Deum, which was first performed in 1855 at the church of St. Eustache -- actually in the district of Les Halles. A gradual crescendo, initiated by the percussion, prefaces the opening material proper, and the work ends with a backward glance at the first movement before closing with the final bars of the Berlioz Te Deum.

- Program Note from Baylor University Symphonic Band concert program, 28 February 2017


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Florida: VI
  • Georgia: VI
  • Iowa: V
  • Louisiana: V
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • Texas: V. Complete
  • Virginia: VI


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