1. Paul Lewis
      THE SUNKEN BALLROOM - An Elegy for Orchestra
      Goodmusic Concert Originals Series GMCO105

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      ORCHESTRATION
      2 Flutes (2nd db Piccolo), 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in Bb (2nd db Alto Sax), 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns in F, 3 Trumpets in Bb, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion (3 players:Tubular Bells, Tam-Tam, Drum Kit, Triangle, Tambourine, Glockenspiel), Harp, Banjolin (or Banjo), Piano db. Celesta
      Strings (Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Bass)

      The Sunken Ballroom - a musical vignette, a mini tone poem inspired by the wreck of Brighton’s West Pier: atmospheric, impressionistic watery textures from which emerge long-forgotten memories of the ballroom that now lies sadly rusting on the seabed. A waltz and a foxtrot float into focus and disappear again, leaving us with our recollections once more submerged. Gone are those romantic days; we are older now and the ghosts of our memories will surely die with us, leaving nothing but rotting metal beneath the waves.
      The orchestra paints the picture and sets the scene. A lonely bell tolls the death knell of the pier, then like a distant memory a small group emerges - trombone, saxophone and rhythm section, playing a lilting waltz version of that perennial celebration of seaside jollity, 'I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside' - which eventually fades into a return of the opening dirge. Then, gradually getting louder as the memories become real again, a dance band is heard - muted brass, sax and rhythm - playing a foxtrot. This in turn fades away and a brief but passionate lament for the pier subsides into bleak wateriness until only the tolling bell remains.
      The sad fate of the West Pier is very poignant for me since my mother and her sister, both musicians, played regularly in the restaurant/ballroom. They were playing there the day war broke out; the pier manager told them to pack up their instruments and go home as the War Office intended to cut a section out of the pier to prevent its use by the Germans as a landing stage. On the back cover of the score is a glorious photo from that year of my mother, Phyllis, and my Aunt Gladys in gypsy costume carrying their accordions along the pier. Paul Lewis
      Duration 6 minutes

      A PACK comprises one A4 sized full score, all wind brass and percussion parts and string parts 4/4/3/4/2. An A3 sized score is also available separately.

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Pack (Orchestra)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105      9790222288805      Level E

      Price: £36.00

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Score (A4) (Orchestral Score)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-00      9790222288812      

      Price: £8.00

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Violin 1 (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-01      9790222288836      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Violin 2 (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-02      9790222288843      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Viola (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-03      9790222288850      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Cello (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-04      9790222288867      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Bass (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-05      9790222288874      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Flute 1 (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-06      9790222288881      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Flute 2/Piccolo (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-07      9790222288898      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Oboe 1 (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-08      9790222288904      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Oboe 2 (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-09      9790222288911      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Clarinet 1 (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-10      9790222288928      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Clarinet 2/Alto Sax (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-11      9790222288935      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Bassoon 1 (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-12      9790222288942      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Bassoon 2 (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-13      9790222288959      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Horn 1 (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-14      9790222288966      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Horn 2 (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-15      9790222288973      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Horn 3 (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-16      9790222288980      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Horn 4 (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-17      9790222288997      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Trumpet 1 (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-18      9790222289000      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Trumpet 2 (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-19      9790222289017      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Trumpet 3 (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-20      9790222289024      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Trombone 1 (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-21      9790222289031      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Trombone 2 (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-22      9790222289048      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Trombone 3 (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-23      9790222289055      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Tuba (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-24      9790222289062      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Timpani (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-25      9790222289079      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Percussion (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-26      9790222289086      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Harp (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-27      9790222289093      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Banjo (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-28      9790222289109      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Piano/Celesta (Orchestral Part)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-29      9790222289116      

      Price: £1.20

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      Paul Lewis - Sunken Ballroom Score (A3) (Orchestral Score)

      Catalogue Number: GMCO105-30      9790222288829      

      Price: £20.00

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