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Sinfonietta for Brass

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Howard Blake

Howard Blake


This work bears the designation Opus 300.


General Info

Year: 1981 / 2004
Duration: c. 18:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Highbridge Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $29.95


Movements

1. Maestoso – 7:50
2. Lento serioso – 3:25
3. Presto – 2:00
4. Maestoso- Allegro Ritmico – 3:35


Instrumentation

Full Score
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Tuba


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Sinfonietta for Brass was commission by BBC radio producer Jim Parr for the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, the prominent British brass ensemble primarily active in the 1980s and 90s.

The sinfonietta opens with a stately rhythmic introduction reminiscent of a classical French overture, followed by variations moving through five stylistically contrasting sections before returning to the opening statement. The second movement features the flugelhorn as a lyrical soloist soaring above the ensemble, akin to a traditional da capo aria. The third movement is all perpetual energetic, propelling forward with short rhythms at a fast tempo; the ensemble is split into two choirs playing in call-and-response canons.

- Program Note by Nicolás Ayala Cerón for the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble concert program, 27 January 2021


Commercial Discography


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • New England Conservatory (Boston, Mass.) Wind Ensemble (Nicolás Ayala Cerón, conductor) - 10 February 2021
  • Philip Jones Brass Ensemble – 7 May 1981 *Premiere Performance*


Works for Winds by This Composer


Resources

  • Blake, H. (1981). Sinfonietta [score]. Highbridge Music: Haywards Heath, England
  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung,
  • Howard Blake website Accessed 26 January 2021