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On the Shoulders of Giants (2010), Peter Graham

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8th Nov 2015 Austrian National Championship (A Section) Brass Band Oberösterreich
28th Jun 2014 Bezirksmusikfest (ASM Bezirk 1) Brass Band A7
12th May 2012 Grand Shield Hepworth (Cookson Homes)
9th Apr 2011 North American Championships (Championship Section) Atlantic Brass Band
4th Sep 2010 British Open Tredegar

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8th Sep 2019 Dr Martin Trust Contest Elland Silver 3
3rd Nov 2018 Danish National Championship (Championship Division) Århus Brass Band 3
9th Jun 2018 Dutch Open (Championship Division) Soli Brass 4
9th Jun 2018 Dutch Open (Championship Division) Brassband Rijnmond 7
21st Apr 2018 Flemish Open Brass Band Championship (A-Section) Soli Brass Leeuwarden 6
1st Apr 2018 Australian Championships (A Grade) Sonamu Brass Band 12
25th Feb 2018 French National Brass Band Championship (Excellence Division) Brass Band de Douai 2
3rd Feb 2017 Norwegian National Championships (Elite Division) Krohnengen Brass Band 9
26th Nov 2016 Scottish Open Fishburn Band 15
20th Nov 2016 Leicestershire BBA (Leicester) Contest (Open Section) Derwent Brass 1
20th Nov 2016 Leicestershire BBA (Leicester) Contest (Open Section) Ratby Co-operative 2
11th Sep 2016 Dr Martin Trust Contest Dalmellington 6
21st Aug 2016 NSW State Championships (A Grade) Warringah Concert Brass 2
18th Jun 2016 Eidgenössisches Musikfest (Championship Section) Cécilia Chermignon 8
7th May 2016 Deutsche Brass Band Meisterschaft (1st Division) Youth Brass Band Nordrhein-Westfalen 3
13th Sep 2015 Dr Martin Trust Contest Reg Vardy Band 1
13th Sep 2015 Dr Martin Trust Contest Staffordshire Band 4
11th Jul 2015 New Zealand National Championships (A Grade) Dalewool Auckland Brass 3
11th Jul 2015 New Zealand National Championships (A Grade) Waitakere Auckland Brass 7
25th Jan 2015 French National Brass Band Championship (Excellence Division) Brass Band du Conservatoire de Douai 1
8th Nov 2014 Danish National Championship (Championship Division) FDF Christianshavn Brass Band 4
8th Jun 2014 Kantonal Musikfest Valais/Wallis (Championship Section) L'Union Vétroz 2
7th Jun 2014 Kantonal Musikfest Valais/Wallis (First Section) Echo de la Dent Blanche Les Haudères 8
3rd May 2014 European Championships Brass Band Willebroek 4
20th Apr 2014 Australian Championships (A Grade) Glenorchy City Concert Brass (Tas) 5
12th Apr 2014 North American Championships (Championship Section) Five Lakes Silver 9
24th Nov 2013 Belgian Nationals (Championship Division) Brass Band Willebroek 1
24th Nov 2013 Belgian Nationals (Championship Division) Festival Brass Band 4
28th Sep 2013 Fife Charities Band Association Contest Dalmellington 5
7th Jul 2013 World Music Contest (WMC) (Concert Division) Brass Band Treize Etoiles 3
29th Jun 2013 English Nationals Redbridge 7
30th Sep 2012 SCABA Autumn Contest (Championship Section) Wantage Silver 1
16th Sep 2012 Dr Martin Trust Contest Wakefield Metropolitan 9
26th Aug 2012 NSW State Championships (A Grade) Warringah Concert Brass 3
23rd Jun 2012 English Nationals Hepworth 5
7th Apr 2012 Australian Championships (A Grade) St Marys Club Brass (NSW) 5
10th Feb 2012 Norwegian National Championships (Elite Section) Molde Brass Band 4
29th Jan 2012 French National Brass Band Championship (Honours Division) Brass Band du Nord Pas de Calais 3
27th Nov 2011 Swiss National Championships (Excellence Section) Brass Band Treize Etoiles 3
5th Nov 2011 Danish National Championship (Championship Division) Concord Brass Band 2
5th Nov 2011 SWBBA Contest (Open Section) Aldbourne 2
11th Sep 2011 Dr Martin Trust Contest Pemberton Old Wigan DW 8
23rd Apr 2011 Australian Championships (A Grade) Kew Band Melbourne (Vic) 1
23rd Apr 2011 Australian Championships (A Grade) Hobart City Brass (Tas) 8
12th Feb 2011 Norwegian National Championships (Elite Section) Sandefjord Brass Symposium 9
30th Jan 2011 French National Brass Band Championship (Excellence Division) Paris Brass Band 1
13th Nov 2010 Swedish National Championship (Elite Division) Stockholm Brass Band 3
10th Jul 2010 New Zealand National Championships (A Grade) Woolston Brass 1
2nd May 2009 European Championships Cory Band 1

Notes

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants”
Letter from Isaac Newton to Robert Hooke, 5 February 1676

The art of brass playing embraces a range of diverse approaches and styles. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the musical melting pot of the USA. On the Shoulders of Giants pays tribute to this diversity and to the great American brass virtuosi whose legacy has provided the foundation for countless brass giants of today.

The opening movement, Fanfares, reflects on the legendary Chicago Symphony Orchestra brass section. It has been suggested that the much-admired and distinctive style of the CSO Brass was initially driven by the Germanic repertoire favoured by the early music directors. Here the opening bars from the finale of Bruckner’s 8th symphony provide the departure point for the musical journey.

The work continues (attacca) with an Elegy. America’s role as the birthplace of jazz and two of her leading brass lights are remembered here – Miles Davis (through the sound world created for him by Gil Evans) – and the father of lyrical trombone playing Tommy Dorsey. In acknowledgement that jazz owes its origins to Negro spirituals, the gospel song Steal Away underpins the movement.

The finale, a Fantasie Brillante, pays homage to the turn of the century brass virtuosi of Sousa Band fame. The centrepiece of the movement finds Herbert L. Clarke, Arthur Pryor and Simone Mantia stepping from the mists of time to deliver snippets from their greatest solos (together with passing references to Sousa’s highest paid soloist, drummer August Helmecke). Moments of individual virtuosity lead to a series of ensemble power chords - giant footsteps in musical imagery. Finally, an allusion to the “chess-like” nature of brass band contesting brings the work to a dramatic conclusion.

On the Shoulders of Giants was commissioned by The Cory Band and The National Youth Brass Band of Wales with additional funding from Ty Cerdd – Music Centre Wales. The work was published for the 158th British Open Brass Band Championships, 2010.





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