Saturday, October 26, 2013

An Original Suite

British composer Gordon Jacob holds a unique and special place among early writers for wind band, and was one of the foremost contributors to the expanding repertoire of original works for this ensemble. An Original Suite was his first composition for band, completed in 1928. The three-movement suite (March, Intermezzo, Finale) draws on original folk-song material and is specifically written for military band, an instrumental distinction separating the concert band from the traditional and ever-popular British brass band. (Source: Band Music Notes, Norman Smith and Albert Stoutamire.)

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