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Joseph Horovitz

Publisher: Novello & Co

Ballet for Band (1983)
Novello & Co Ltd
Works for Band/Wind/Brass Ensemble
Sub Category
Brass Band
Year Composed
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Programme Note
Joseph Horovitz Ballet for Band (1983)
Commissioned as the Championship section Test Piece for the National Brass Band Championship on October 9 1983 at the Royal Albert Hall, London, which was won by the Cory Band of Wales. Ballet for Band is the music for an imaginary ballet. The characters and plot were quite clear in my mind before composing it, but I prefer the audience to exercise its own imagination rather than to be influenced by mine. The work is in three main linked sections, the central one being the most lyrical. All the themes are directly or more subtly derived from the opening fanfare motif, which is also heard at the end.

  • Ensemble
    The CWS (Glasgow) Band / Brass Band Berner Oberland
    Steven Mead (euphonium)
    Joseph Horovitz
  • Ensemble
    GUS Band
    Keith M. Wilkinson
    Merlin Master Brass:
  • Ensemble
    Brass Band de Waldsang
    Rieks van der Velde
  • Ensemble
    Sun Life Band
    Roy Newsome
  • Ensemble
    Cory Band
    Arthur Kenney
  • Ensemble
    Tokyo Brass Society
  • Ensemble
    Bactiguard Wire Brass
    Paul Andrews
  • Ensemble
    St Dennis Band
    Darren Hawken
  • 22 APR 2017
    Barbican Hall, London
    National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain
    Bramwell Tovey, conductor
  • 15 APR 2017
    University of Cambridge
    National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain
    Bramwell Tovey, conductor
  • 17 SEP 2016
    National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain
    The Centaur, Cheltenham
  • 17 APR 2016
    Nykirken, Bergen, Norway
    Kleppe Musikklag
    Allan Withington, conductor
  • 30 JAN 2016
    RNCM Brass Band Festival
    RNCM, Manchester
    Fairey Band
    Garry Cutt, conductor
  • 24 JAN 2015
    RNCM Festival of Brass 2015
    RNCM, Manchester - 3pm
    Tredegar Town Band
    Ian Porthouse, conductor
  • 04 OCT 2014
    Tilburg, Netherlands
    Fanfare Aurora Heesch
    Hans Pastoor, conductor
  • 05 JUL 2014
    Deal Festival
    Deal, UK
    Cory Band
    Philip Harper, conductor
  • 16 JUN 2013
    Winterthur, Switzerland
    Eglisau Brass Band
  • 23 MAR 2012
    Bergen Cathedral, Norway
    Krohn Engen Brass Band
    Harald Eikaas, conductor
  • 17 MAR 2012
    Bedum, Netherlands
    Brassband Heman
    Anne van den Berg, conductor
  • 11 FEB 2012
    Norwegian National Brass Championships
    Bergen, Norway
    Laksevag Musikkforening
  • 11 FEB 2012
    Norwegian National Brass Championships
    Bergen, Norway
    Laksevag Musikkforening
  • 10 APR 2010
    Castle Rushen High School, Isle of Man
    Bactiguard Wire Brass
  • 22 NOV 2009
    Peterlee, Co.Durham
    Westoe Brass
  • 07 FEB 2009
    Norwegian National Championships
    Grieg Hall, Bergen, Norway
    Jolster Brass Ensemble
    Arvid Anthum, conductor
  • 09 JUL 2008
    Brass Band National Championships
    Christ Church, New Zealand
  • 19 MAY 2007
    British Open Brass Championships
    Winter Gardens, Blackpool
  • 25 NOV 2006
    Set Work - Champion Class / Swiss Brass Band Championships
    Stravinsky Auditorium, Montreux, Switzerland

    Other Dates:
    26 November - Stravinsky Auditorium, Montreux, Switzerland

In Zone One Brass’s performance of the virtuoso Ballet for Ban, Each of the varied characters came alive, notably the ‘Till Eulenspiegel’ horns of the first movement, a dreamily beautiful slow waltz movement, and a brilliantly ironic finale, with burlesque trombones, infused with concision, purpose and momentum
Malcolm Miller, Tempo,06/10/2006
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