Cat No.JM31088 Price
£59.95 Composer: Philip Sparke Categories: TEST PIECES (Major Works), 2017 REGIONAL TEST PIECES
Set as the FIRST SECTION test piece for the 2017 British Brass Band Regional Championships.
Previously used as a Championship Section test piece.
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Meno mosso, ma accelerando poco a poco
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THE LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD - Aotearoa (Philip Sparke)
Also dating from 1979, The Land of the Long White Cloud was Philip Sparke's first test piece; it was commissioned by the New Zealand Brass Band Association for their 1980 National Championships (their centenary year) and set for the European Brass Band Championships, held, that year, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Aoteama was the name ghren to New Zealand by its Polynesian settlers whose first sight of the islands was a long, flat cloud lying low over the land, The work has no speciﬁc programme although many have seen pictures ol the surging ocean in the opening bars. A faster dance-like section leads to a slow, haunting solo tor soprano comet; this is taken up by the whole band before earlier material returns‘ The dance-like tune is, this tame, given a fugal treatment and the opening bars return to close the work.