Status: Usually despatched within 7 working days
Instrumentation: Symphonic Band (full score)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes (New York)
Sparkle received its world premiere at the WASBWE Conference in San Luis Obispo, California (1999). Imaginatively scored for wind ensemble, it begins quietly with delicate and rapid woodwind passages that are subtly supported by a simple ostinato bass line. The piece then builds in intensity through syncopated rhythms and resplendent harmonies - and the ending truly sparkles!
"Sparkle was a great find. I programmed it for the Dorset Youth Wind Orchestra and we performed it in our July 2003 concert, with the Band of the Royal Signals Regiment and for the Regional round of the National Concert Band Festival in November. It took a while for the band to 'get' the different style but I later found one of the flautists had programmed it into her mobile phone! Lots for the flutes, divisi a 3 plus picc, clarinets need great technical ability and counting skills, percussion have a lot to do, constantly in the background with 5/6 players (and piano) needed and the brass can rest their chops for much of the opening. Horns need courage (and high register) but doubled by saxes. Last section is a terrific sound. I love it!"
By: Ieuan Davies