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Philip Sparke: A Road Less Travelled By: Brass Band

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COMPOSER: Philip Sparke
PUBLISHER: Anglo Music Press
INSTRUMENTATION: Brass Band
PRODUCT FORMAT: Study Score
A Road Less Travelled By was commissioned by Palangos Orkestras for the Championship Section of the 22 European Brass Band Championships held in Palanga, Lithuania. The title alludes to a poem by American author, Robert Frost, which appeared in his 1916 collection, Mountain Intervals . In common
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Composer Philip Sparke
Publisher Anglo Music Press
Instrumentation Brass Band
Grade of Difficulty Band Grade 6
Language ENG-D-F-NL
Product Format Study Score
Description Product Type Studyscore
Genre Concert Piece
Year of Publication 2024
ISMN 9790570711246
Series Elite Series
No. AMP 500-330
Text language Dutch;English;French;German
Description
A Road Less Travelled By was commissioned by Palangos Orkestras for the Championship Section of the 22 European Brass Band Championships held in Palanga, Lithuania. The title alludes to a poem by American author, Robert Frost, which appeared in his 1916 collection, Mountain Intervals. In common with most of the composer’s larger works, the piece is not programmatic, but purely abstract. The choice of title shares Sparke’s view of how composers can often develop. There can be no ‘destination’ in a composer’s career, but rather a continuing journey to an unknown place. Set in three movements, which play without a break, A Road Less Travelled By opens with a Moto Perpetuo firmly rooted in classical language, form and syntax. A continuous river of semiquavers, veering from melody to accompaniment and back again, adds drive, energy and motion. The second movement, Nocturne, is in the form of a free fantasia; solos for vibraphone, flugel horn and euphonium set the stage for a central cornet solo, quietly echoed by the full band. A triumphal climax is reached before the movement dissolves into a Scherzo Finale. A brief coda based on earlier material drives the piece to a close.
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