Wind orchestra: 2 flutes, piccolo, alto flute; 2 clarinets in B flat, E flat piccolo clarinet, bass clarinet; 4 saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone), 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 2 trumpets in B flat, 2 cornets in B flat, 3 trombones, 2 tubas (tenor, bass), timpani (doubling tom-toms in 3rd movt), percussion (3 players), 2 harps, piano/celesta, contrabass | Duration: 3½ minutes
Commissioned by Jack and Linda Hoeschler of St. Paul, Minnesota for the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. First performed on 24th September 2010 at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota by the choir of Clare College, Cambridge under Timothy Brown, with Nicholas Mogg (flute). A companion piece for Hubbub, this second setting of a poem by Kevin Crossley-Holland celebrates the need for calm contemplative moments of the spirit.
Picc, 2 Fls, 2 Obs, Solo Clt, 3 Clts, Bass Clt, 2 Bsns, 2 Alto Sax, Ten Sax, Bar Sax, 2 Tpts, Solo Cornet, 3 Cornets, 4 Horns (F), 2 Tenor Trombs, Bass Tromb, Euphonium, Tuba, Timpani, 3 Percussion, Piano (optional) | Duration: 5½ minutes
Written as incidental music for the complete Babar stories of Jean de Brunhoff and read by John Nettleton of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Babar the Elephant was commissioned by Tellastory (Random House) for their popular audio cassette series. This wind band arrangement, made by the composer, includes the original title music and several lively depictions of Babar’s adventures. Bedford Modern School Wind Band gave the first performance of the wind band version in 1986.