John BloodGZ 031
16 Horns | Duration: 5½ minutes

As part of the Stratford upon Avon Festival Bacchanale was commissioned for the concert given by the Stratford Horn Convention in Holy Trinity Church on July the 14th. Conducted by Peter Chadwick and featuring various combinations of horns, the concert culminated in the extaordinarily exciting sound of 16 horns ranged in 4 quartets around the church. After a portentous introduction the baccanale soon gets into full swing with a riotous allegro full of stomping syncopation and meaty melodies.

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Music for St Ives

John BloodGZ 030
Brass Quintet: 2 Tpts, Hn, Tbn., Tuba | Duration: 15 minutes

Music for St Ives was commissioned by Adrian King for his Brio Brass Ensemble who gave the first performance at the St Ives September Festival in Cornwall on the 16th September 1981. It was later played by the Philip Jones Ensemble. It has four very distinctive movements ranging from the furious energy of the first to the exhilaration of the last where a Cornish hymn can be heard amidst all the wild excitement.

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  1. Furiosamente
  2. Quasi Allegretto
  3. Lento espressivo
  4. Vivo
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Airs and Dances

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Oboe and Piano | Grades 1–4 technical level | Duration: 13 minutes

A collection of twelve Renaissance and Baroque pieces, skilfully chosen and arranged to introduce oboists to some delightful and captivating lesser known works alongside several firm favourites. Especial care has been taken to provide piano parts that are eminently playable.

  • Minuett  Daniel Purcell
  • The Keel Row
  • Tomorrow the fox will come to town  Thomas Ravenscroft
  • Love me or not  Thomas Campion
  • Giga  Samuel Arnold
  • Choral  J.S.Bach
  • Siciliana  Samuel Arnold
  • Saraband  William Croft
  • Prelude  Johann C.F.Fischer
  • Air  Henry Purcell
  • Ballet  Christoph W.Gluck
  • Gavotte  J.S.Bach

Chosen by the Associated Board for their current Woodwind syllabus:

Grade 1  The Keel Row

Grade 2  Saraband (Croft)

Grade 3  Gavotte (Bach)

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Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons; 4 Horns, 2 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba; Timpani; 2 Percussion; Piano; Strings. | Duration: 9 minutes

A one – movement concert overture, written in 1984 after a visit to friends in Prague, and dedicated to the people of that beautiful city. The spiritual warmth characteristic of Smetana, Dvorák & Martinu gradually sweeps away harsher and more impersonal music.

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Little Boy Lost

John BloodGZ038
Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, Cor Anglais, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons; 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba; Timpani; 3 Percussion; Harp; Piano; Strings | Duration: 24 minutes

Written 1978–9. A ballet in six movements. The boy of the title, isolated at the start, sets off optimistically to change the world; dances with different characters, endures trials and disappointments, and eventually finds his true identity. The character of the boy is played by two identical dancers who merge at the end. An absorbing allegory about coming out as a gay man.

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