It's game time! Match Day is an aural representation of the chants, songs, and general excitement heard at a football (soccer) games in Britain.
Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
Level: 4 | Duration: 5:00
1st Bb Clarinet
2nd Bb Clarinet
3rd Bb Clarinet
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone 1/2
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet 1
Bb Trumpet 2/3
F Horn 1/2
F Horn 3/4
Percussion 1 (2 toms, hi hat, glockenspiel)
Percussion 2 (2 toms, tam tam, claves, vibraphone)
Percussion 3 (snare drum, chimes)
Match Day takes its inspiration from a night in May 2005, when the football team I have supported from my childhood, Liverpool FC, won the European Cup in what was considered by many to be one of the greatest football matches of all time.
The piece is not only inspired by a football match, but also takes its musical material from chants and songs that you will hear at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon at any football ground in Britain.
Match Day was written as a result of a commission from the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain (with funds from Youth Music), and their Musical Director, Bramwell Tovey, to whom the piece is dedicated and who conducted the first performance in April 2006.