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Year of the Dragon

From Wind Repertory Project
Philip Sparke

Philip Sparke


General Info

Year: 1985
Duration: c. 13:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Studio Music
Cost: Score and Parts - £80.00   |   Score Only - £10.00


Movements

1 Toccata - 3:30
2 Interlude - 6:45
3 Finale - 4:40


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Cor Anglais
Bassoon I-II
Eb Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Cornet I-II-III
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium BC and TC
Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells (Chimes)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiels (2)
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tam Tam
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The highlight of Cory’s centenary celebrations throughout 1984 was a concert held in St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, in March. The band, with the aid of funds provided by the Welsh Arts Council, commissioned Philip Sparke to write a work for first performance at this concert. The result was The Year of the Dragon of which the composer writes:

“At the time I wrote The Year of the Dragon, Cory had won two successive National Finals and I set out to write a virtuoso piece to display the talents of this remarkable band to the full.”

The work is in three movements:

TOCCATA opens with an arresting side drum figure and snatches of themes from various sections of the band, which try to develop until a broad and powerful theme from the middle of the band asserts itself. A central dance-like section soon gives way to the return of this theme, which subsides until faint echoes of the opening material fade to a close.

INTERLUDE takes the form of a sad and languid solo for English horn, originally trombone. A chorale for the whole band introduces a brief spell of optimism, but the trombone solo returns to close the movement quietly.

FINALE is a real tour-de-force for the band with a stream of rapid semi-quavers running throughout the movement. The main theme is heroic and march-like but this is interspersed with lighter, more playful episodes. A distant fanfare to the sound of bells is introduced and this eventually returns to bring the work to a stirring close.

- Program Notes from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Ensemble concert program, 17 November 2012


Commercial Discography


Audio Links

Studio Music Company Web site


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Wind Symphony (Donna Dolson, conductor) – 21 February 2019
  • College of Central Florida (Ocala) Wind Symphony (John D. Ash, conductor) – 16 November 2018
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Concert Band (Michael Schaff, conductor) – 18 April 2017
  • Brooklyn (N.Y.) Wind Symphony (Jeff W. Ball, conductor) – 10 December 2016
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Wind Symphony (Joseph Manfredo, conductor) – 28 October 2016
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.) Peabody Wind Ensemble (Harland D. Parker, conductor) – 6 April 2016
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Ensemble (Andrew McMahan, conductor) - 17 November 2012
  • San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra (William V. Johnson, conductor) - 27 October 2012


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