This work bear the designation Symphony No. 2.
1. Tribute - 5:13
2. Chorale - 7:33
3. Display - 3:38
Flute I-II-III-IV (I and II doubling Piccolo)
Oboe I-II (II doubling English Horn)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV-V-VI (VI doubling 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-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Piano and Celesta
Percussion I-IV, including:
- Bass Drum
- Crash Cymbal
- Snare Drum
- Suspended Cymbal
- Tenor Drum
- Tom-tom (4)
- Tubular Bells
None discovered thus far.
The work is cast in three movements, exploiting the wide range of colours and dynamics available within the contemporary wind ensemble. The employment of much percussion and additional use of piano, harp and celesta provides even further riches of timbre.
Tribute: Two highly contrasting moods, one rhythmic and aggressive, the other calm and relaxed; yet both in the same tempo, compete with each other to dominate the opening movement. The first subject is always in search of a theme, realized at the conclusion, whereas the second always has one, but extends and develops i ton each reappearance.
Chorale: A series of chorales in a simple, direct idiom provides an aura of calm between the outer, more aggressive movements. Instrumental colour, soft dynamics and much use of tuned percussion and celesta are paramount.
Display: The finale is a highly charged, dynamic scherzo contrasting tuttis with more subtle combinations of solo instruments. Based on the principles of scales and arpeggios, though adapted, melody is always endeavouring to be part of the chase. This is rather like a miniature “concerto for orchestra”.
Symphony for Winds was commissioned by Kent Youth Wind Orchestra (Music Director: Alan Hutt) and Bromley Youth Concert Band (Music Director: Peter Mawson) with funds provided by South East Arts, KYWO, BYCB and BASBWE.
- Program Note by World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE)
- Symphony for Winds has been recommended as interesting, serious and distinctive music by members of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE).
- Audio: Reference recording. Ensemble and conductor unknown
- Audio CD: Central Band of the Royal Air Force (Rob Wiffin, conductor)
None discovered thus far.
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Works for Winds by This Composer
- Cane River Murals (2012)
- Clarinet Concerto (2001)
- Club Europe (2002)
- The Cries of London (2005)
- Divertimento for Wind Dectet (1999/2001)
- Dona Nobis Pacem (1995)
- Elgar Variations (2007/2009)
- Evocations (1996/2001)
- Five Manx Romances (2017)
- From Kitty Hawk to the Stars (2002)
- Give Me the Splendid Silent Sun (2022)
- Malcolm Arnold Variations (2008)
- Menorcan Dances (2019)
- Natalis (1993/2006)
- New World Dances (1999)
- Northumbrian Dances (2019/2021)
- Ovation (2001)
- Paris Sketches (1994)
- Paris Sketches (ed. Reynish) (1994/2004)
- Prelude for Hampstead Heath (1990)
- Requiescant Aberfan (2009)
- Roman Trilogy (2014)
- A Silent Movie Suite (2013)
- A Soliliquy for Solferino (2012)
- Symphony for Winds (1997)
- Tales from Andersen (2006)
- Tristan Encounters (1998/2007)
- Tuba Concerto (1988/1991)
- Venetian Spells (1984)
- Via Crucis (2006)
- Wessex Dances (2021)
- Ellerby, M. (1998). Symphony for Winds [score]. Studio Music: London.
- "Symphony for Winds." The Wind Band Symphony Archive. Web. Accessed 19 June 2023
- World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) Accessed 7 August 2016