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Fugal Concerto, A (Holst)


Genre: Solo Flute & Oboe with Band
# of Players: Standard + 2
Level: 5 | Duration: 8:05
Publisher: G & M Brand

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    Originally written for flute, oboe & string orchestra by Holst, Geoffrey Brand has done an excellent job scoring A Fugal Concerto for band.

    Genre: Solo Flute & Oboe with Band | # of Players: Standard + 2
    Level: 5 | Duration: 8:05

    Solo Flute
    Solo Oboe

    1st Flute
    2nd Flute
    1st Oboe
    2nd Oboe
    1st Bb Clarinet
    2nd Bb Clarinet
    3rd Bb Clarinet
    Bb Bass Clarinet
    1st Bassoon
    2nd Bassoon
    1st Eb Alto Saxophone
    2nd Eb Alto Saxophone
    Bb Tenor Saxophone

    1st Bb trumpet
    2nd Bb Trumpet
    1st F Horn
    2nd F Horn

    String Bass

    Program Notes
    This work was originally written for flute, oboe (or two violins) and String Orchestra in 1923. This arrangement was premiered by the Stockholm Symphonic Winds in September 1993, conducted by the arranger.

    The style of A Fugal Concerto is very much neo-classical - all the rage at the time, although whether Holst had heard Stravinsky's examples is not known. In so far as the work is fugal, the adjective applies more to the texture than the form, although the second movement is canonic. The contrapuntal texture is not straightforward as phrases are displaced across barlines and cross rhythms are a feature. Nothing is allowed to settle until the folk tune is introduced toward the end. Yet, within this musical web, fascinating patterns and cross references reveal themselves.

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