News - Four new pieces released

Paul Lovatt-Cooper has released four new pieces for bands to add to their concert repertoire from his publisher PLC Music...

Paul Lovatt-Cooper has released four new pieces for bands to add to their concert repertoire from his publisher PLC Music...

His very popular big band item "You've Been Warne'd" composed for the Oxted band and their former member David Warne was a big hit with audiences at Brass in Concert and the Butlins Entertainment Contest. The catchy upbeat number which is just over three minutes in length is suitable for 3rd section bands and upwards.

To add to the solo tuba repertoire "Quicksilver" was composed for the Principal Tuba of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Perry Hoogendijk and is the title track of Perry's new album. With fast running semiquaver lines and a beautiful sonorous middle section this is a real test for the tuba with the soloist needing to be around grade 8 in standard. "Quicksilver" is just under seven minutes in length.

Paul has arranged Gorge Botsford's piano rag "Black and White Rag" which was made famous by popular pianist Winifred Atwell for solo xylophone. This three minute piece shows off the virtuosic nature of the xylophone and the performer needs to be around a grade 8 standard. It is a great addition to the xylophone repertoire and an ideal showcase for any up coming tuned percussionist.

A special commission from Paul's good friend Michael Fowles and the BT Band to mark their 40th anniversary has now been made available for bands to purchase. "The Enigma Machine" is a tub-thumping concert finale that takes its inspiration from the great work the code-breakers did during World War 2 when they deciphered the Enigma Machine's coded messages.

The atmospheric piece starts mysteriously with a WW2 siren and hidden morse code messages from the cornets before building in momentum into a dramatic battle scene. The slow middle section uses quotations from the 'Last Post' with beautiful chordal accompaniment from the band. After a recapitulation of the opening, "The Enigma Machine" builds to a huge climax utilising fragments of the last post with a typical PLC rousing and emotive ending. Around seven minutes long this big concert finale is suitable for 2nd section bands and upwards.

The above titles and any of Paul's PLC Music range are available to buy from the catalogue page of this website

As well as full sets for bands to buy all the music in the PLC Music range have scores available to purchase separately for budding conductors and composers to study in more detail.

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