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Richard Peaslee

Publisher: AMP

Stonehenge (A Jazz Symphony) (1963)
Margun Music
Band/Wind/Brass Ensemble
Sub Category
Concert Band
Year Composed
17 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
asx(cl), asx(fl,afl), tsx(cl), tsx(cl,bcl), barsx, 4 tpt, 4 tbn, btbn, gtr, dm, db
Programme Note
Richard Peaslee Stonehenge (A Jazz Symphony) (1963)
Stonehenge is a four-movement work for jazz orchestra composed originally for Bill Russo's legendary London Jazz Orchestra. It is a virtuoso piece but not at all beyond the capabilities of a better college level "big band." It was recorded in London and has been performed by such distinguished ensembles as Stan Kenton's Los Angeles Neophonic Orchestra.

— Richard Peaslee

Peaslee has created a work whose descriptive passages rank among the best.
The Guardian (London, ,01/01/0001
...exploits and manipulates jazz rhythms and solos to create an original intense world of its own. The whole piece...conjures up, as do the stones that inspired it, some immense primitive ritual at the dawn of time.
The Times (London), ,01/01/0001
Appropriately, Richard Peaslee's Stonehenge seemed to be hewn of granite.
Down Beat Magazine, ,01/01/0001
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