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Percy Whitlock
MARCH: DIGNITY AND IMPUDENCE for orchestra
Goodmusic Concert Originals GMCO118

Catalogue Number: GMCO118

Difficulty level: D What's this?

ISMN: 9790222296015

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Orchestration: 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in A (with alt. part in Bb), 2 Bassoons, 2 Horns in F, 2 Trumpets in Bb, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion (2 players: Snare Drum, Cymbals, Bass Drum), Harp, Organ [optional], Strings (Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Bass)

Following his move to Bournemouth from Rochester, during the summer of 1930, Percy Whitlock quickly became acquainted with the town's celebrated Municipal Orchestra and its founding father, Sir Dan Godfrey. In 1932 Whitlock was appointed as the part-time Borough Organist where he presided over a magnificent state-of-the-art four manual Compton organ. He worked with the orchestra on a weekly basis, often as a soloist and at other times as part of the orchestral texture. Following the success of his Carillon for organ and orchestra (1932) Whitlock produced a fine concert march entitled Dignity and Impudence. To many in the audience this would have conjured up the image of Sir Edwin Landseer's famous painting of that name of 1839, in which he wittily contrasts the scale and character of a bloodhound called Grafton and a West Highland terrier called Scratch. However, Whitlock (who was not a dog lover) clearly had Elgar's martial music in mind. The 'Trio' theme is a clever parody of the equivalent melody in Elgar's Pomp & Circumstance March No.4 in G. Whitlock's short score was dated November 1932 and the full score was completed in early February 1933. Godfrey conducted the first perfromance on 29th April 1933.
A PACK comprises one full score, string parts 4/4/3/4/2 and all wind, brass and percussion parts.
Duration 6 minutes

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