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Guardians of the Waves

INSTRUMENT GROUP: Concert Band
COMPOSER: Philip Sparke
PUBLISHER: Anglo Music Press
PRODUCT TYPE: Set
Guardians of the Waves was commissioned by the Japan Coast Guard Band to celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2018. They gave the premiere as part of a 30th anniversary concert on November 8th that year. Set in traditional march form, Guardians of the Waves opens with a short introduction, which
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Specifications
Instrument Group Concert Band
Composer Philip Sparke
Publisher Anglo Music Press
Instrumentation Concert Band/Harmonie
Language E(UK)DFN
Grade of Difficulty Band Grade 3,5
Product Type Set
Year of Publication 2021
European Parts Included Yes
Genre Concert March
Style Concert
ISMN 9790570710393
Series Ceremonial Series
No. AMP 481-010
Release Date 7/8/2021
Definitive Duration 00:04:00
Description

Guardians of the Waves was commissioned by the Japan Coast Guard Band to celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2018. They gave the premiere as part of a 30th anniversary concert on November 8th that year. Set in traditional march form, Guardians of the Waves opens with a short introduction, which leads to the main theme, played initially by the brass and then repeated with a florid woodwind descant. The theme is extended and morphs into a second theme, first played tutti and then quietly repeated by bassoon, tenor sax and euphonium. This leads to a conventional ‘bass strain’, played twice with varying accompaniments. A quieter trio section follows, delicately scored and featuring the tenor instruments of the band. Taken up by the full band, this leads back to a recall of the introduction and a return to the main two themes, which lead to a triumphal close.

Recorded by the Kobe College Wind Orchestra and its conductor Osama Matsuura

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