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Overture on colonial themes

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

Overture on colonial themes : for brass quintet / Fred Hill.

by Fred Hill (2001)

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  • Instrumentation: Horn, 2 trumpets in B flat, tenor trombone, tuba. (Instruments can be substitued by Bass in E flat, Horn in E flat, Euphonium Bb treble clef, 1st & 2nd Cornets.) Percussion optional but recommended especially for outdoor performance.


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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 set of 8 performance parts (24p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium — Grade 5 or above

Duration: 3 mins

Contents note:

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

Commission info: Commissioned by Melvin Shreeve for performance by Macarthur Sounds

First performance by Magpie Brass — 1 Dec 01. The Independent Theatre, North Sydney

Includes parts for horn in F, 2 trumpets in B flat, trombone in C (bass clef) and tuba. Also includes alternative parts for horn in E flat, trombone in B flat (treble clef), and bass in E flat (treble clef).

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.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 2009.

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