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From our editor
Tim Reynish
Mayday 2021

Recommendations VI

It is impossible to anticipate the course of the CORONA-19 virus, but we can hopefully expect professional and amateur music making to be getting back to normal in the coming six months. It is therefore time to think about programming and the on-going search for new exciting repertoire. My last list of recommendations included new works for Christmas, 2019, two brilliant publications of Malcolm Binney, Christmas Extravaganza and Chris Holmes, A Garland of Carols, well worth checking out again.

Mindful of the rehearsal and performance restrictions imposed by the current COVID-19 crisis, Maecenas have launched a new series of works suitable for socially-distanced rehearsal and performance by a small group of wind players.

New Series for Woodwind and Saxophones

The newest feature of our catalogue is an exciting series of works rescored for woodwind and saxophones. Johannes Brahms wrote his Serenade in A, Op.16 for chamber orchestra without violins; Derek Smith's masterly transcription replaces strings and horns with a quartet of saxophones, giving new life and colours from a major romantic work to woodwind and saxophones.

Three romantic orchestral miniatures have been lovingly rescored for the same combination by Malcolm Binney, giving us a chance for complete contrast in our programmes. Maurice Ravel was reportedly dissatisfied with his Pavane pour une infante defunte but it remains one of his most popular works today, as is Gabriel Faure's Pavane; finally Malcolm turned to Elgar for a winning transcription of his Chanson de Matin, described by the composer as "a perfect little aubade, as fresh as the morning dew". (As I type we are currently waiting a further exciting romantic transcription; Chabrier's Joyeuse Marche - watch this space!)

Adam Gorb reduces the scoring of two of his popular works for wind orchestra

One of the most sort after items in our catalogue is Adam Gorb's Yiddish Dances written for my fiftieth birthday, now deliciously re-scored for fourteen players: Flute doubling Piccolo. Oboe, Eb Clarinet doubling Bb Clarinet (alternative part for violin), Clarinet in Bb, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Saxophone, Horn in F (alternative part for Tenor Saxophone), 2 Trumpets, Trombone (or Baritone/Euphonium), Tuba and 2 Percussion players.

Another popular folk-based work is Gorb's Bohemian Revelry, also scored for fourteen. Incidentally, the full wind orchestra work has been selected for performance at the next WASBE Conference in Bohemia, Prague, 2022.

I have recommended Bill Connor's Tails aus dem Vood Viennoise very highly in the past, with its extraordinary melodic and harmonic language, reminiscent of Kurt Weill and Gustav Mahler, a symphonic work at US grade 4, UK grade 5. Bill has also contributed to our catalogue of chamber ensemble works with The Sound of Welcome, a beautifully controlled piece which may be treated as a companion work to Mozart's Gran Partita or Dvorak's Wind Serenade, this single movement work makes an ideal 'opener' or 'finisher' to any concert. Lots of good parts for everyone. Scoring: 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassett Horns (alternative parts are provided for Clarinets), 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns, Cello and Double Bass. In passing I would also recommend Bill's S.L.O.W. a wind orchestra piece written in response to my worry that so much of our repertoire tends to be loud and fast! The full title is Sun Low Over Water, an absolutely beautiful exercise in controlled dynamics. 

Pictures at an Exhibition

Finally a major contribution to the concert repertoire is Malcolm Binney's superb transcription of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, a wonderful recreation of the spirit of Ravel's original orchestration (but including all of Mussorgsky's Promenades) the first of so many arrangements including those of Sir Henry Wood, Leopold Stokowski and Vladimir Ashkenazy. In Binney's arrangement we are not aware that this is a 'band' score; this is a masterly version which will swiftly gain a fine reputation on the concert platform.

Have a great summer, or winter and go safely. 

 

 

New Chamber Ensembles

Adam Gorb
Yiddish Dances
for Chamber Ensemble
arranged by Adam Gorb

Flute doubling Piccolo, Oboe, Eb Clarinet doubling Bb Clarinet (alternative part for Violin), Clarinet in Bb, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Saxophone,
Horn in F (alternative part for Tenor Sax), 2 Trumpets, 
Trombone (or Baritone/Euphonium), Tuba, 2 Percussion players.

Yiddish Dances has proved to be one of the most popular works for winds written in the 20th century. This version for Chamber Ensemble, written at the time of the Covid-19 crisis, allows for socially-distanced ensembles much akin to the size of traditional Klezmer bands, to enjoy the vibrant style and sound of the original Wind Orchestra version and in particular the exotic folk music of the Yiddish-speaking people. A real party of a piece!
 
Duration: c. 14-15 minutes
MC0222 Set and score £60.00
MC0222C Score £25.00 
 
 
Adam Gorb
Bohemian Revelry
for Chamber Ensemble
arranged by Adam Gorb
 
Flute doubling Piccolo, Oboe, 2 Clarinets in Bb, first doubling Eb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Saxophone, Horn in F (an alternate part is supplied for Tenor Saxophone), 2 Trumpets in Bb, Trombone, Tuba, 2 Percussion players.
 
Bohemian Revelry is a tribute to the verve and vigour of the music of the people of the Czech Republic. It is also a celebration of the artistic and social freedom of a people without ties or responsibilities who always allow for a party whenever and wherever possible.
 
The work is in four movements based on Czech/Bohemian folk dances: a Polka, a Furiant, a Susedska and a Skocna. All the movements can be performed separately if desired.
 
Bohemian Revelry was originally conceived as a work for Wind Orchestra. This version written at the time of the 2020-2021 Covid-19 crisis and allows for socially-distanced rehearsal and performance with a small group of wind players.
 
Duration c: 14-15 minutes
 
MC0223 Set of parts and score £60.00
MC0223C Score £25.00
 
 
Woodwind and Saxophones
 
 Edward Elgar
Chanson de Matin, Op.15, No.2
for Woodwind and Saxophones
transcribed by Malcolm Binney
 
Elgar's delightful Chanson de Matin was originally conceived as a work for violin and piano and was designed as a companion piece to his other short violin work, 'Chanson de Nuit'. He described it in a letter to his publisher as "a perfect little aubade, as fresh as the morning dew". Both Chansons were later orchestrated by the composer and it is as an orchestral work that 'Chanson de Matin' achieved its popularity and public affection.
 
This transcription is scored for: 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in Bb, Bass Clarinet, 2 Bassoons, 2 Alto Saxophones, Tenor Saxophone and Baritone Saxophone.
 
Duration c: 3 minutes
 
MC0224 Set of parts and score £32.00
MC0224C Score £14.00
 
 
Maurice Ravel
Pavane pour une infante defunte
(Pavane for a Dead Princess)
for Woodwind and Saxophones
transcribed by Malcolm Binney
 
Ravel's Pavane pour une infante defunte began life as a piano piece written whilst he was studying with Faure at the Paris Conservatoire. The orchestral version also made by Ravel was premiered to great acclaim in 1910. Sadly, in later life Ravel became dissatisfied with the piece saying he "no longer saw its good points". However, audiences have resolutely ignored his protestations and the work has remained one of the most popular pieces of the early 20th century.
 
This transcription is scored for: 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in Bb, Bass Clarinet, 2 Bassoons, 2 Alto Saxophones, Tenor Saxophone and Baritone Saxophone.
 
Duration: c. 6 minutes
 
MC0221 Set and score £32.50
MC0221C Score £14.00
 
 
Johannes Brahms
Serenade in A
for Woodwind and Saxophones
arranged by Derek Smith (after Op.16)
 
For Brahms the serenade was a light hearted response to the Serenades of Mozart and Haydn. He imagined them as loose limbed entertainment rather than titanic struggles with symphonic form.
Derek Smith's arrangement of the second Serenade stays faithful to the original Brahms woodwind writing whilst representing the rich dark sonorities of the strings and horns with an extra clarinet and a quartet of saxophones. There are five varied movements each of which may be played separately. This most appealing and beautiful transcription is scored for: 3 Flutes (3rd doubling Piccolo), 2 Oboes, 3 Clarinets in A and Bb, 2 Bassoons, Contra Bassoon, Alto Saxophone, 2 Tenor Saxophones and a Baritone Saxophone, thirteen instruments in all.
 
Duration: c. 35 minutes
 
MC0219 Set of parts and score £56.00
MC0219C Score £19.50
 
 
Gabriel Faure
Pavane, Op.50
for Woodwind and Saxophones
transcribed by Malcolm Binney
 
Faure's enchanting Pavane began life as a piece for piano and chorus which he later orchestrated and which has become one of his most popular works. This transcription for woodwind and saxophones remains faithful to the scoring of his orchestral version and the key of F# minor which so beautifully expresses the colours and sonorities of the woodwind section. The bass clarinet and additional quartet of saxophone's contrasting timbres are well suited to conveying the strings and horn writing of the original, and provide a satisfying and sensitive contrast to the luxuriant woodwinds.
 
Scoring: 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 3 Clarinets in A (3rd doubling Bass Clarinet),
2 Bassoons, 2 Alto Saxophones, Tenor Saxophone and Baritone Saxophone.
 
Duration: c. 6 minutes
 
MC0220 Set of parts and score £30.00
MC0220C Score £14.00
 
 
Recent publications for Wind Orchestra
 
Malcolm Binney

Ouverture Joyeuse
An Overture for a Street Party
for Wind Orchestra

An exuberant, big tuned opener celebrating the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 1977. Fast moving with a witty, sunny ambience, Overture Joyeuse buzzes with fun and camaraderie. "...a joy to play, and great to listen to..."  A real winner!

Duration: c. 6.40 minutes

MC0215 Score and parts £71.00
MC0215C Score £24.50 

 
Clark McAlister

Lou's Mountain Bread
Suite for Wind Orchestra

"The folklore here is genuine, the genius however is McAlister's effortlessly assured craftsmanship". There are four movements each of which can be played separately. The first is marked 'Energetic', the second 'Playfully',  the third is a bit of cool jazz-syncopation and the last is marked 'Lively'. "...a wonderful exploitation of the sonorities and dexterity of the wind orchestra..."

Duration: c. 11.30 minutes

MC0184 Score and parts £85.00
MC0184C Score £24.50

 

Modest Mussorgsky

Pictures at an Exhibition
A Remembrance of Viktor Hartman
transcribed for Wind Orchestra by Malcolm Binney

Mussorgsky composed his epic work Pictures at an Exhibition after a feverish bout of creativity in June 1874. It was written as a memorial to his close friend the artist and architect Victor Hartman. Early in 1874 Mussorgsky visited a retrospective exhibition of Hartman's sketches, stage designs and architectural studies and quickly reacted with the inspired idea of writing a suite of piano pieces describing ten of the canvases interspersed with a promenade portraying the composer himself strolling through the exhibition. The result was a series of brilliant, programmatic miniatures connected by a poetic interlude (heavily reminiscent of Russian folk song) which develops into a magical sequence of its own and finally a mammoth edifice of ceremonial grandeur.  

The current transcription was completed in 2017 and first performed by the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines (Royal Band) in Portsmouth, UK.

Grade AB 8, US 5

Duration: 38 minutes

MC0204 Score and parts £155.00
MC0204C Score £39.00

 
Recent publications for Chamber Ensemble
  
 
Clark McAlister
Lou's Mountain Bread
for Chamber Ensemble
 
Here we have tunes that we have known since we were in  rompers. McAlister claims no feats of Musicology yet, extraordinarily perhaps, conjures a strong sense of place, a kind of ideaized American identity with its tongue in its cheek. The work started out as a string quintet, but to answer various requests for a chamber version another two movements were added, and ultimately the present five movement suite evolved. It is scored for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, String Quartet and Double Bass.
 
Duration c:11.30
 
MC0213 Score and parts £37.50
MC0213C Score £12.95
 
 
 
Clark McAlister
Agreste
for Chamber Ensemble
 
Agreste is the French word for "rustic" and fully describes the character of this piece. The work is a tightly organised scherzo where three ideas are presented: firstly a brief group of chords that start the piece; a central two-part theme and finally a declamatory idea which re-appears throughout the work.  It is scored for Wind Quintet (the flute doubling piccolo), String  Quartet and Double Bass.
 
Duration c: 5.30 minutes
 
MC0208 Score and parts £35.50
MC0208C Score £12.95 
 
 
Clark McAlister
L'Estivant
for Bassoon and String Quartet
 
McAlister's genial quintet is engagingly summery. The artist Paul Klee described  drawing as "taking a line for a walk",  which is exactly what McAlister does here. The piece is transparently scored with plenty of air in the texture, and exploits the lyrical character of the bassoon, which stands out through sheer distinction of colour and timbre without recourse to overtly virtuoso writing. This is warm-hearted and anecdotal, mostly reflective; it never complains or becomes angry, but remains essentially a conversation among friends, perhaps over a contemplative glass or two.
 
Duration c: 10.00
 
MC0212 Score and parts £30.50
MC0212C Score £12.95
 
 
Clark McAlister
The Moon in the River
for Chamber Ensemble
 
1922 saw the appearance of a little book of poems that impacted both literary and musical circles, The Works of Li-Po, the eighteenth-century Chinese poet, translated and edited by Shigeyoshi Obata. McAlister's realisation of Li-Po's masterpiece The Moon in the River for all it's often demanding instrumental writing is essentially a gentle work, an unfolding narrative of melodic expansion and development. The scoring for Flute doubling Piccolo, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, String Quartet and Double Bass enjoys much colouristic interplay, the effect, like the verse, is of utmost simplicity, but the technique, like the poet's, is meticulous, polished and suggestive. 

Duration c: 7.18 minutes 

MC0214 Set of parts and score £35.50
MC0214C Score £12.95
 
 
Clark McAlister
Le Rideau Rouge
for Chamber Ensemble

McAlister is a passionate Francophile, devoted to its language, art, literature and culture, its music particularly. . . 
He describes Le Rideau Rouge (The Red Curtain) as being modelled on the French Baroque overture. Yet it strikes one as being 100% American: direct, free of artiness or artifice, sure of where it's going. The scoring might be accused of Gallic polish, but professionalism is as much an American virtue as European.
The work is scored for: Flute doubling Piccolo, Oboe doubling Cor Anglais, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, String Quartet and Double Bass.
 
Duration c: 9.45 minutes
 
MC0211 Set of parts and score £35.50
MC0211C Score £12.95 
 
 
Clark McAlister
Aubade
for Flute, Oboe, Bassoon and Piano
 
Aubade is a sinfonietta in three contrasting sections built on two French folk songs. The first is Eho! Echo! a Burgundian folk song from a collection prepared by Emmanuel Chabrier. The second is a brunette (or Bergerette) which was essentially an eighteenth century 'pop song' enjoyed particularly in Paris by a class of people who pretended they were shepherds without the faintest idea of what the hardships of being a shepherd involved. A wonderful addition to the repertoire!
 
Duration c: 9.43 minutes
 
MC0209 Set of parts £30.00
 
 
 
Two specials for Christmas.... 

  

Chris Holmes
A Garland of Carols
Three Symphonic Carols for Band

Past Three O'Clock
Noel nouvelet!
I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In

Three traditional carols in contemporary settings. Vibrant, spirited and strikingly dynamic. (Includes much cross cueing for bands with smaller forces.) Movements may be performed separately. AB grade 6/7, US grade 4/5.

Total duration 10'35

MC0199 Set and Score £62.00
MC0199C Score only £18.50

 

Malcolm Binney

Christmas Extravaganza

A New Christmas Festival
for Wind Orchestra

A brilliantly conceived Christmas overture or finale designed as an alternative or companion to Anderson's enduring favourite. A wealth of familiar melodies with many sparkling suprises, often brilliant, often poignant - a real Christmas celebration.
(Includes much cross cueing for bands with smaller forces.)
AB grade 6/7, US grade 4/5.

Duration 9'40

MC0200 Set and Score £55.00
MC0200C Score only £22.00

 

 

. . . . and our sensational series for

Choirs and Winds

Maecenas has a ground breaking selection of serious works for choir, soloists and winds. Have a look at and listen to the following titles by clicking on the link.

Daniel Basford  Night Journey, A Cantata for Baritone, Chorus and Concert Band

Fergal Carroll A New Songs Measure for Choir (SSATB) and Wind Band

Philip Wilby A Passion for Our Times for Narrator, Mixed Chorus, Youth Choir, Symphonic Wind Orchestra (or Brass Band) and Organ (with ad. lib. dancers and audience / congregation participation)

Adam Gorb and Ben Kaye Eternal Voices for Narrator, Soloists, Chorus and Wind Orchestra

 

 

   
 

Sherborne Summer School of Music

"A mecca for those interested in
directing and playing woodwind, brass and percussion instruments"

 

Mindful of the welfare, health and safety of those attending our summer school and in view of the continuing COVID-19 outbreak, the 2021 school will be postponed until August 2022.

 

Sherborne Summer School of Music was founded in 1952 as the Canford Summer School of Music, a name it retained for 52 years before relocating to Sherborne School in the pretty medieval market town of Sherborne in Dorset in the UK.

It is the ideal venue for adult musicians of all ages to meet in a friendly, supportive atmosphere where they can enhance their skills through the help of dedicated, internationally celebrated teachers and performers. Dating back as far as the 8th century, Sherborne School is full of musical potential; it is dominated by the magnificent Sherborne Abbey and also boasts a state-of-the-art music school, a theatre, recital halls and user-friendly rehearsal spaces.

To complement your hard work, an award winning catering team provides sumptuous meals, there is a spacious bar, various social activities and, during the two weeks, thirty concerts (Concertfest) given by professionals and students.

Sherborne Summer School moves you out of the real world and immerses you in the sheer pleasure of making music and socialising with other like-minded people, singers, instrumentalists, conductors, composers and pianists all meet with the intention of participating in the luxury of one or two weeks' dedicated musical indulgence! So why not join us - soak up the atmosphere, forge new friendships, play and sing beautiful music and hear breathtaking concerts and recitals in the most perfect musical setting.

 

Week One 

BASBWE Wind Conducting Course

in association with the BASBWE Education Trust

Mark Heron, Alberto Roque 
and Douglas Bostock

This internationally recognised course is for conductors at intermediate and advanced levels with an interest in wind repertoire, or a desire to immerse themselves in issues relating to conducting wind and brass instruments. Up to twenty-five students will be accepted as "active" participants. Observers are also encouraged and will be fully involved in the course, but they will only conduct at the discretion of the tutors. An integral feature of the course is that all active participants receive podium time with an ensemble each day and a performance opportunity at the end of the week.

Participants will explore the physical language, score preparation, rehearsal technique and repertoire knowledge. All conducting sessions are filmed by camcorder in order to create a record of work undertaken as well as for use in regular review sessions during the week. The course runs concurrently with the Wind Ensemble Course and there will be close liaison between the two including the opportunity for selected participants to work with that ensemble. All participants should bring with them any instruments they play in order to accommodate ensemble work within the class. Students should, as a minimum, prepare thoroughly the works marked with a + before commencement of the course. You may then wish to  select further pieces from the remaining repertoire - it is usually more beneficial to know some of the music well, than all of it not so well. More experienced students may also wish to prepare works from the Wind Ensemble repertoire list.

 

Sample repertoire from our last course.

The 2022 repertoire will be published in the autumn of 2021.

 

+Holst                                     First Suite in E flat, Op.28
Gorb                                       Boat Trip
Mussorgsky / Binney           Pictures at an Exhibition
+Carroll                                  Zethus
Orr                                         John Gay Suite
Respighi                                Huntingtower (ed. Binney)
Shapiro                                 Tight Squeeze
Russell Bennett                   Suite of Old American Dances
McNeff                                  Rant!
Binney                                  Visions of Light
                                                        five movements for wind ensemble
Mozart                                  Serenade No.12 in C minor, K.388

 

Week One

Wind Ensemble

in association with BASBWE

Mark Heron, Alberto Roque 
and Douglas Bostock
 

The Wind Ensemble is designed for experienced amateurs and students to rehearse and perform significant repertoire written for the medium. This year the core of the repertoire will centre around the music of Sherborne / Canford alumni and teaching staff. It is hoped that several of them will spend time with the Wind Conducting class and assist in the preparation of their works for performance with the Wind Ensemble. Works marked with an asterisk are pieces that are by composers associated with the summer school.

Some of the repertoire will be studied in depth and form the basis for one or more of the several concerts the Wind Ensemble gives during the week. The remainder will be played in repertoire sessions. There will be opportunities for chamber music and there is close liaison with the Wind Conducting Course.

 

Sample repertoire from our last course.

The 2022 repertoire will be published in the autumn of 2021.

 

*Mussorgsky / Binney               Pictures at an Exhibition
*Orr                                             John Gay Suite
*Vowles                                      Tainted Beauty: Persephone's Story (premiere)

*Singer                                       Clarion Call for Wind Ensemble (premiere)
*Gorb                                          Boat Trip
Russell Bennett                        Suite of Old American Dances
*Longstaff                                  Changing Scenes
McNeff                                        Rant!
*Respighi                                   Huntingtower (ed. Binney)
*Binney                                      Visions of Light
                                                              five movements for wind ensemble
Mozart                                        Serenade No.12 in C minor, K.388

 

Other courses of interest to wind players and directors

Week One

Practical Conducting  Rodolfo Saglibeni and John Longstaff

Chamber Orchestra  Dominic Grier

Composers' Workshop  Malcolm Singer

 

Week Two

A Journey through Jazz  Mike Hall

The George Hurst Conductors' Course  Rodolfo Saglibeni,
                       Denise Ham, Dominic Grier and John Longstaff

Symphony Orchestra  Philip Ellis

The Art of Choral Direction Amy Bebbington with Charlie Penn

 

Other courses running concurrently with those above include four choirs, (Cappella Chamber Choir, Choral Course [large choir], Lighter Side Choir and Voices in Harmony [no sheet music]), piano, piano accompaniment and two vocal masterclasses.

  

for complete information please see our website

Sherborne Summer School of Music
Oakcroft, Water Lane, South Godstone, RH9 8JX, UK
telephone +44 (0)1233 893963
email summermusicschool@btinternet.com

 

www.sherbornesummerschoolofmusic.org

 

P.O. Box 629,
Godstone, RH9 8WQ
Tel: +44 (0) 1342 893963
Fax: +44 (0) 1342 893977
maecenasmusic@btinternet.com

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