A Leadsman, a Lady and a Lord : for symphonic brass and percussion
by David Stanhope (1983)
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These three British folksong settings are dedicated to the memory
of Percy Grainger and follow his approach of passacaglia or
variation when treating folksongs. The titles are 1. The Jolly
Sailor, a boisterous portrait of the subject; 2. Lovely Joan, a
slow romantic setting; 3. Lord Bateman, a virtuosic setting in
Originally for brass band, this folksong suite is a spectacular showpiece for brass and percussion.
Instrumentation: 4 trumpets, 4 horns, 4 trombones, 2 tubas, timpani, percussion (3 players).
Duration: 11 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — virtuosic with wide ranges, one fast multi-metre movement
Contents note: 1. The Jolly Sailor -- 2. Lovely Joan -- 3. Lord Bateman.
First performance: by David Measham — 1983. Performed by Adelaide Brass, in Adelaide Town Hall
All my folksong settings are dedicated to the memory of Percy Grainger, following that composer's use of harmonic development through variation and passacaglia-like forms.
- In the form/style of: English folk music
Performances of this work
1983: Performed by Adelaide Brass, in Adelaide Town Hall. Featuring David Measham.
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