Cat No.JM74049 Price
£65.00 Composer: Dan Price Categories: 2017 REGIONAL TEST PIECES, TEST PIECES (Major Works)
Set as the THIRD SECTION test piece for the 2017 British Brass Band Regional Championships.
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Blackley village is a northerly district of the city of Manchester, and is the home of the last remaining city centre brass band. Blackley appears in the Doomsday Book and its name is a derivative of the Anglo-Saxon Blaecléah which means ’Darkwood’ or ‘Dark Clearing’
1. The Boggart
The first movement of the suite is named after Boggart Hole Clough, a local urban nature reserve. A clough is a local colloquialism for a steep sided valley or gully and this particular clough is believed to be the home of a Boggart, a mischievous spirit or imp.
2. The House on the Hill
The second movement of Darkwood is subtitled “House on the Hill”, and evokes images of St. Andrew's Church which is located in Higher Blackley. Perched high on the hill, it overlooks the village and across the valley towards Manchester city centre.
3. Blackley Village
The final movement depicts Blackley’s historic evolution, from its medieval roots as a small residential hamlet, through to the present day and its importance as
an industrial part of the city.
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