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Curtain Call

  1. Solemn March
  2. Valse Triste
  3. Finale

The thematic material for the first movement, Solemn March, started life as a coronation procession in Trevor Nunn’s legendary production of The Revenger’s Tragedy, a notorious Jacobean blood and guts play by Cyril Tourneur. Trevor

Nunn was also the director of a much loved production of All’s Well That Ends Well, starring Dame Peggy Ashcroft and Harriet Walter, from which the Valse Triste comes, featuring a haunting melody tailor-made for the oboe. The last

movement, Finale, is a reworking of the curtain call music for Bill Alexander’s amazing production of Richard III starring Antony Sher, who memorably played the role on crutches.

Curtain Call

Composer

Guy Woolfenden

Duration

11 minutes

Grade

USA Band Grade 4.5

Year composed

1997

Date of publication

1998

First performance

Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham 13th March 1997
Birmingham Symphonic Winds, conducted by Keith Allen

Commissioner

Birmingham Symphonic Winds
supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of England

Recording

Doyen CD DOY 042 Gallimaufry, featuring the wind music of Guy Woolfenden
Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra conducted by the composer

ISMN
  • 979-0-57009-000-6 [Complete set]
  • 979-0-57009-001-3 [Full score]
No. of Pages

47

Instrumentation

Wind Orchestra

Full instrumentation
Full score (1) TIMPANI
Piccolo (1) 3 Pedal Drums
Flute 1 (3)
Flute 2 (3) PERCUSSION 1
Oboe 1 (1) Glockenspiel
Oboe 2 (1) Xylophone
Eb Clarinet (1) Tubular Bells
Bb Clarinet 1 (3)
Bb Clarinet 2 (3) PERCUSSION 2
Bb Clarinet 3 (3) Side Drum
Eb Alto Clarinet (2) Suspended Cymbal
Bb Bass Clarinet (2)
Bassoon 1 (1) PERCUSSION 3
Bassoon 2 (1) Clash Cymbals
Contrabassoon (1) Suspended Cymbal
Eb Alto Saxophone 1 (1) Tambourine
Eb Alto Saxophone 2 (1)
Bb Tenor Saxophone (1) Alternative transpositions supplied
Eb Baritone Saxophone (1) Eb Horn 1 (1)
Bb Trumpet 1 (2) Eb Horn 2 (1)
Bb Trumpet 2 (2) Eb Horn 3 (1)
Bb Trumpet 3 (2) Eb Horn 4 (1)
F Horn 1 (1) Bb Trombone 1 TC (1)
F Horn 2 (1) Bb Trombone 2 TC (1)
F Horn 3 (1) Bb Trombone 3 TC (1)
F Horn 4 (1) Bb Bass TC (1)
Trombone 1 (1) Bb Trombone 1 BC (1)
Trombone 2 (1) Bb Trombone 2 BC (1)
Trombone 3 (1) Bb Trombone 3 BC (1)
Euphonium 1 BC (1) Eb Bass TC (1)
Euphonium 2 BC (1) Eb Bass TC (1)
Bb Euphonium 1 TC (1) Bb Bass BC (1)
Bb Euphonium 2 TC (1) Bb Euphonium 1 BC (1)
Tuba (4) Bb Euphonium 2 BC (1)
String Bass (1)
Timpani (1)
Percussion 1 (1)
Percussion 2 (1)

Press & Public Reviews

As with the composer’s earlier works, there is plenty here to challenge the more expert players, particularly the exposed woodwind writing in the slow movement, but while a school or community band would have plenty of problems to tackle, technically and musically the work would be well within the grasp of any band who has other works by Woolfenden in their repertoire.

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