The Enigma Machine

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Descriptive concert piece or it could be used as part of an entertainments contest programme, suitable for 1st section bands and upwards. Circa 8’20”.

This piece takes its name from the famous coded machine used by the Nazi party in world war two. The English based BT technicians cracked the code and it proved to be vital in the contributions to Europe’s success in the war. The piece requires the use of a war siren (or a recording) and has actual morse code messages played throughout the piece by various instruments in the band. The solo cornet plays an of-stage last post as the central part of the piece features the last post accompanied by some haunting chordal figures that rouse the emotions. A very rousing ending finishes this piece off after the ferocious war passages and reflective melancholy lines stir the emotions.
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