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Composer:Turner, Kerry (b.1960)
Publisher Ref:214516

Price: £24.95
Publisher:Phoenix Music Publications
Year of Issue:1995
ISMN:none specified
ISBN:none specified
"Farewell to Red Castle (theme and variations for horn octet) was commissioned in 1995 by Soichiro Ohno and the Japanese-German Horn Ensemble. The original theme of the piece is an authentic medieval Scottish folk song. The haunting melodic strains are typical of the music of that country. There are 4 variations and a finale. Each variation is totally different in character. The theme, however, is always discernible, although sometimes cleverly hidden. Typical of Kerry Turner´s thematic and motival development style, the lyrical and sad, yet noble melody of Variation 3 can in fact be considered a completion of the development of the original theme. This is followed by a highly chromatic accompaniment in the low horns, with a subtly placed theme in the stopped high horns. The work ends with a grandiose bravura, lending the Scottish theme a Texan flair. It is interesting to note that an original version of this piece was written in 1985 for junior high school string orchestra! It has found its true home with brass instruments." - Kerry Turner

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