(03) CHORALE AND TOCCATA - Parts & Score, TEST PIECES (Major Works), 2023 Regional Test Pieces
Cat No.JM30914 Price
£96.95 Composer: Stephen Bulla Categories: TEST PIECES (Major Works), 2023 Regional Test Pieces
This is the THIRD SECTION Test Piece for the 2023 Regional British Brass Band Championships
Previously set as a third section testpiece.
CHORALE AND TOCCATA This original composition follows the classical form of a slow introductory chorale movement and a technically challenging toccata. Originally, a chorale (or hymn) was meant to be sung by a choir and a toccata to be performed as a virtuoso work for pipe organ. However, these forms have been adapted through the centuries and presently suit the format of this work written for the modem brass band.
The prograthmatic ideas in the music are based on a Palestrina (1524-1594) chorale known as “Victory”. The words as they are now sung include these lines:
The strife is O’er, the battle done; The victory of life is won; The song of thmph has begun. Alleluia!