Overture on Colonial Themes : for brass quintet
by Fred Hill (2001)
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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).
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
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.
- In the form/style of: Overtures
Performances of this work
1 Dec 01: The Independent Theatre, North Sydney. Featuring Magpie Brass.
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