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Not Before Time

COMPOSER: Philip Sparke
PUBLISHER: Anglo Music Press
PRODUCT TYPE: Set
INSTRUMENT GROUP: Fanfare
Not Before Time is one of a pair of pieces which were commissioned by Koninklijke Fanfare Kempenbloei Achel - Ivan Meylemans, conductor - as part of their programme for the 2022 World Music Contest, held in Kerkrade, The Netherlands. The orchestra emerged victorious winners of the „Fanfare Concert
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Composer Philip Sparke
Publisher Anglo Music Press
Instrumentation Fanfare
Language E(UK)DFN
Grade of Difficulty Band Grade 6
Product Type Set
Instrument Group Fanfare
Year of Publication 2023
Genre Opening Pieces
ISMN 9790570710973
Series Elite Series
No. AMP 505-020
Release Date 2/20/2023
Definitive Duration 31-12-1899 00:05:40
Description
Not Before Time is one of a pair of pieces which were commissioned by Koninklijke Fanfare Kempenbloei Achel - Ivan Meylemans, conductor - as part of their programme for the 2022 World Music Contest, held in Kerkrade, The Netherlands. The orchestra emerged victorious winners of the „Fanfare Concert Division“. The piece is a cousin of the composer’s Music of the Spheres (which opens ‘before time’ when t=0) and begins with chaotic scales and dense chord clusters reminiscent of the earlier work. After a rhythmic, multi-metric passage, a ‘diabolic’ 7/8 tune appears in the saxes, which is taken up by the full orchestra. The texture suddenly dissipates to introduce a series of building flugel horn clusters under a rapid sax ostinato. Interruptions by the lower brass build into new material which leads to a minor-key chorale with florid sax decorations. Opening passages are then reintroduced until the chorale reappears with the full orchestra, leading to a triumphal coda. This piece can be programmed to be played immediately before its partner piece, Elegy: Echoes of Lives Past (AMP 506-020), which shares the same chorale material.
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