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Keiron Anderson

Keiron Anderson


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Year: 2009
Duration: c.15:00
Difficulty: VI
Publisher: Forton Music

Cost: Score and parts - £100.00


Movements

1. Workers Playtime - 4:20
2. Listen With Mother - 5:02
3. Down Your Way - 5:15


Instrumentation

Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Trombone III (Bass)
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II including:

  • Cymbal (suspended and crash)
  • Snare drum
  • Temple blocks
  • Triangle
  • Tambourine
  • Xylophone


Program Notes

In writing this piece I began by recalling the fantastic live light music we used to hear on the "light programme" on the radio when I was a child. The opportunity for composers and arrangers to have music played over the airwaves produced a uniquely attractive and sophisticated style of music for entertainment and I tried to get that energy into the opening movement.

The reflective music of the second movement is very loosely based on the music from Listen with Mother which most youngsters heard every lunchtime, even at school. For the finale I used a more impressionist approach, trying to take the listener around the regions to witness the type of rural working Britain music that used to accompany documentaries and newsreels.

- Program Note by composer