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Yorkshire Overture, A

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Philip Sparke

Philip Sparke

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General Info

Year: 1991
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Studio Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - £52.95   |   Score Only (print) - £10.75


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A Yorkshire Overture was composed in 1991 and commissioned by the York-based music retailer, Banks & Son Ltd.

It was written for a festival, which featured school bands from throughout Yorkshire, and Graham Walker conducted the first performance.

The overture opens with a fanfare from the brass under trills from the woodwinds and after this short introduction, a perky tune emerges over bubbling clarinet accompaniment and leads to a legato second subject played by the middle of the band. This also features the bubbling clarinet figure in the upper woodwinds and grows to a climax. A development section follows where fragments of the first subject are thrown from instrument to instrument and this leads to a full-scale recapitulation. A coda follows, featuring some new material and this brings the work to a close.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class BB
  • New York: Concert Band V
  • North Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Virginia: V


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Perusal score
  • Sparke, P. (1991). A Yorkshire Overture [score]. Studio Music Co.: London.