Commissioned by the 2005 Yoxford Festival. First performed at St. Peter’s Church, Yoxford, Suffolk on 26th August 2005 by Anna Noakes, Gary Kettel, Jackie Shave, Clare Finnimore, Caroline Dearnley and Mary Scully. Swayne’s first instrumental chamber work for several years, this piece uses contrasted 8–note modes to create maximum diversity within an audible harmonic unity, and consists of a single sonata–form movement, framed by an introduction and coda which are dominated by the thudding of funeral drums. Written in the shadow of the London bombings of July 2005, it mourns the death of sanity and tolerance in world affairs.
Three contrasted and tuneful pieces by this well-known trumpeter and highly respected teacher of brass instruments. Troika creates the atmosphere of a ride in a sleigh drawn by frisky horses; A winter stroll is a gentle melody which exploits the trumpet’s lyrical side; and OK Run, Val d’Isère is a romp. All three pieces are beautifully written for the instrument, and stretch the player’s technical ablity.