Sheet Music: Score
Overture on colonial themes : for brass quintet / Fred Hill.
by Fred Hill (2001)
This work is a medley of songs popular in Australia before 1900 (hence the title.) The unifying theme is Going Kangarooing by the goldfields entertainer Charles Thatcher (the Colonial Minstrel of the title.) The original version was for brass quartet; the F horn part was added later, as was an optional part for percussion (1 player).
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (13p. -- A4 (portrait))
Difficulty: Medium — Grade 5 or above
Duration: 3 mins
The work is in a single continuous movement. The songs in order are - The Wild Colonial Boy, Going Kangarooing, Moreton Bay, Advance Australia Fair (fragment), The Limejuice Tub, 10,000 Miles Away (fragment), Bound for South Australia, The Convict Maid.
Dedicated to Macarthur Sounds
First performance by Magpie Brass — 1 Dec 01. The Independent Theatre, North Sydney
The Overture is a display piece which touches on styles as varied as Gustav Holst, Shostakovich, Malcolm Arnold and Joseph Horowitz. It is tonal throughout.
Trumpet parts may be taken by clarinets. Woodwind/brass substitutions are possible.
This edition produced 2009.
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