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Profile – Alan Holley

  • by Rita Williams
  • Source: Published by Symphony Services
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Alan Holley is fascinated by the sound of ambulance sirens: the way they rise in pitch as they approach and fall as they repair away; and how they cut through all the background noise, like a flock of birds that flit across a distant landscape and at once command attention. 'I don't like the idea that people are in trouble, but the actual sound is fantastic,' he says.

Holley refers to the familiar shift in a siren's pitch, known as the Doppler effect, in the title of his new concerto for trumpet and orchestra, Doppler's Web. The association could not be more appropriate for the bending chromaticism of Holley's musical style and the form of a trumpet concerto - where the soloist has a better chance than most instruments ...


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