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Through a Soldier's Eyes

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Graham Lloyd

Graham Lloyd


General Info

Year: 2014 / 2019
Duration: c. 13:30
Difficulty: VII (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Brass Band
Publisher: In publication (2019)
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown

N.B. Concert Band and Symphonic Wind Band (with harp, piano and extra percussion) will be available.


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contra-Bassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone (optional)
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Piano
Harp
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Through a Soldier’s Eyes initially began as a tribute to Weary Dunlop (famous Australian WWII Army surgeon, ex-POW and hero of thousands of ex-POWs). However, I realised within a short time that I haven’t yet developed my musical skills to the point where I believe I could do justice to this fine Aussie. Instead, I retained the basic ideas I had already sketched and developed them into a depiction of the emotions a soldier might experience when leaving loved ones and preparing for and going into battle.

Through a Solder's Eyes depicts two soldiers on opposing sides, and the thoughts and emotions each would feel prior to embarkation to an "area of operation." It could be any two soldiers and any conflict. However, in my "mind's eye," it was an Australian and a Japanese soldier in the WW2 New Guinea conflict and specifically the Kokoda Trail battle.

The music winds its way from pre-embarkation leave, the spending of time with loved ones juxtaposed with thoughts of "what could happen" to them physically and mentally, though actual battle and on to the ending of hostilities and eventual returning home.

- Program Note by composer


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Heidelberg Wind Ensemble (East Ivanhoe, Victoria, Aus.) (Stephen Carpenter, conductor)– 26 October 2019 *Premiere Performance*


Works for Winds by this Composer


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