Marsden Moor is composed for Clarinet Ensemble (Eb Clarinet, 3Bb Clarinets, Bb or Alto Clarinet, Alto Clarinet, Alto or Bass Clarinet, 2 Bass Clarinets, Contrabass Clarinet.)
Written to evoke the open spaces and the serenity, yet power, of the Moors, Marsden Moor is based on a motif built from two major seconds a fourth apart. The motif is developed and imitated as the piece progresses, giving a rather solitary feeling to the music. A second themes carries on the journey until a sequential progression lifts the music to a dignified but powerful climax. When the music appears to resolve to a more relaxed tonality, the second theme carries it off modally to reiterate the power which gradually dies away to leave the landscape intact and silent again.
Written originally for String Orchestra, the work is available for Clarinet Choir, Brass Ensemble and Brass Band. The Wind versions are particularly effective in describing this landscape.