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Overture on Colonial Themes : for brass quintet

by Fred Hill (2001)

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

Library shelf no. 785.915/HIL 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

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).

Work Details

Year: 2001

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.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Grade 5 or above

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.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Macarthur Sounds

Commission note: Commissioned by Melvin Shreeve for performance by Macarthur Sounds.. Commissioned by Melvin Shreeve for performance by 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.


Performances of this work

1 Dec 01: The Independent Theatre, North Sydney. Featuring Magpie Brass.

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