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by Guy Woolfenden

Grade 5 duration 12 minutes

     
  I Fosse Way
 

II

Notturno
 

III

Via Appia
     
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S.P.Q.R. (Senatus Populusque Romanus - the senate and people of Rome) was commissioned as part of the centenary celebrations of Warwickshire County Council, and the composer’s response was to delve even further back that a mere one hundred years, to encompass the Roman occupation of Britain which lasted for 350 years. One of the lasting monuments to this occupation is the amazing system of roads, one of which, the Fosse Way, crosses Warwickshire. S.P.Q.R. attempts to juxtapose and contrast the ancient and indissoluble links between rural and urban Warwickshire and the might of ancient Rome.

The first performance was given by the Warwickshire County Wind Band in Bedworth Civic Hall on 18th September 1988 under the direction of the composer.

.....full of imagery and colour. Great fun to play and enjoyable to listen to, with a gathered energy apparent throughout. Woolfenden creates textures and soundscapes that are identifiable to the layman and approachable for the serious musician.

Winds Magazine

 
Recording

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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