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by Guy Woolfenden

Grade 4.5 duration 7 minutes

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This work was composed in 1991 to a commission from Berkshire County Music Service, whose headquarters were then in Mockbeggar House - hence the title. A short introduction leads to the theme, which is split between several different instruments and the five variations that follow expose all sections of the wind orchestra. Unlike Gallimaufry, Illyrian Dances, and S.P.Q.R. by the same composer, Mockbeggar Variations has no thematic or literary connection with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The first performance took place at the BASBWE Conference at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester on 20th July 1991, under the direction of Robert Roscoe.

Mockbeggar Variations ..... is a delightful blend of textures along the tried and tested method of Prelude, Theme and five Variations. I think this is the real gem of the disc, and I listened to it over and over again for new sounds and combinations of colour.

Winds Magazine


CD DOY 042 Gallimaufry, featuring the wind music of Guy Woolfenden

Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra

conducted by the composer



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