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by Derek Smith

duration 13 minutes

2 trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba
  I Intrada: See, see...
  II Worster Braules
  III His Galliard, His March
  IV Nocturne: His Grounde

Thomas Tomkins, a pupil of William Byrd, took charge of music at
Worcester Cathedral in 1596 when he was only 24. He remained in the post for more than fifty years producing a steady stream of vocal and instrumental music characterised by strong melodic lines and original harmony.

In 2003, as chairman of the Worcester Concert Club, composer and arranger Derek Smith launched a competition for young composers based on a madrigal tune by Tomkins and felt that he should put a toe in the water by completing a specimen competition piece just to see what an entry involved. Writing it was fun and so three other movements followed quickly based on tunes for virginals and viols. /Tomkins Tunes/ is dedicated to the Fine Arts Brass Ensemble which gave the first performance in Worcester on 3rd October 2004.




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