For Solo Bass Trombone, Piano, Percussion (1 player) and Timps
by Adrian Morris
For Solo Bass Trombone and Brass Band
by Adrian Morris
Saddleworth Sounds was written in May 2004, but is only now (Sept 2005) available to be purchased.
It falls into the "Advanced" category and has a range from top Bb to double pedal Bb, and contains some tehnically demanding (but enjoyable to play) sections.
The original version is scored for Bass Trombone, Piano, Percussion (which is all done by one player) and Timps (again one player, with four Timps).
The Brass Band version is a tone lower, in a key more suited to Brass Band playing, with less sharps!!
There is also a Tenor Trombone version, which was done for Andy Berryman. This has they same accompaniment as the orginal Bass Trombone edition, but has a range from a "super" F (which is optional) to a pedal F.
Below are some brief programme notes, which will be expanded on soon.
Saddleworth Sounds is a short musical sketch (or pastiche) of one of England ’s finest areas of natural beauty – Saddleworth Moor. The piece was originally composed for Garrath Beckwith, who hails from Saddleworth himself.
The Composer attempts to portray the views of the rolling hills and valleys, and peaceful reservoirs, on a fresh early summer’s day. Like the Lake District and the Church Stretton area in the Composer’s native Shropshire , the tranquillity is often disturbed by unpredictable and temperamental weather.
We are troubled by the rumble of distant thunder, building to a real storm, before settling again to gaze out over the water and breathe in the summer warmth.
Later we stumble across a tongue-in-cheek representation of the brass band marching tradition of the area. Next, a brief comical ”Morris” dance around the maypole, which goes segue into a short nostalgic soliloquy ending on a lonely double pedal
B flat for the trombone. There is then a quick gallop to the end with a reference to another local tradition – the Hunt.