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Joseph Horovitz

Publisher: Novello & Co

Sinfonietta (1970)
Publisher
Novello & Co Ltd
Category
Works for Band/Wind/Brass Ensemble
Year Composed
1970
Arranger/Editor
Edited by Bram Gay
Duration
11 Minutes
Orchestration
Alternate Orchestration
Arrangement for light orchestra also available 2121/2230/timp.perc/str
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Programme Note
Joseph Horovitz Sinfonietta (1970)
Sinfonietta was written in 1970, published the following year, and used as test piece for the National Brass Band Championships in 1972. It was his first work for Brass Band, and he later rescored it for orchestra: 'legitimate orchestra' as he called it. The first movement, Allegro, is in sonata form, though the second subject is an emerging variant form of the first.

The second movement, Lento moderato, is based on a hymn-tune, which Horovitz says he heard in a dream. The morning after, he looked in various hymn-books to see what it might be, couldn't find it, and came to the conclusion that he must have composed it himself! Its principal interest is harmonic, and it exploits the sustaining quality of the lower instruments of the band.

The finale, A Con brio, is a rondo on a rather cheeky theme, which is always treated in its basic triads.

The work has become a popular classic with bands and audiences alike.

© Giles Easterbrook

  • Ensemble
    C.W.S. (Glasgow) Band
    Conductor
    Joseph Horovitz
    POLYPHONIC:
  • Ensemble
    Royal Ballet Sinfonia
    Conductor
    Joseph Horovitz
    ASV White Line:
  • Ensemble
    Royal Ballet Sinfonia
    Conductor
    Joseph Horovitz
  • Ensemble
    The CWS (Glasgow) Band / Brass Band Berner Oberland
    Soloist(s)
    Steven Mead (euphonium)
    Conductor
    Joseph Horovitz
    Polyphonic:
  • Ensemble
    Besses o' th' Barn Band
    Conductor
    Ifor James
  • Ensemble
    Brass Band Bacchus
    Conductor
    B.van Neyghem
    Worldwind:
  • Ensemble
    Kilmarnock Youth Band
    Conductor
    Andrew Keachie
    Chandos:
Performances
Reviews
The concert was launched by the scintillating Sinfonietta (1971), the first of Horovitz’s many National Brass Band Championship test pieces. Zone One Brass, under the baton of RCM Head of Brass Nigel Black, projected its propulsive main theme with exciting ricochets and suspense, while the pastoral slow movement flowed with sheer enjoyment around harmonic highways and byways, leading to an explosively exuberant finale.
Malcolm Miller, Tempo,06/10/2006
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