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Peter Lawson
Goodmusic Concert Originals No.195

Catalogue Number: GMCO195

Difficulty level: E What's this?

ISMN: 9790222319783

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Platinum Overture  Pack image
Orchestration: 2 Flutes (2nd db. Piccolo), 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in Bb, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns in F (3 & 4 optional), 2 Trumpets in Bb, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion (3 players: Triangle, Snare Drum, Cymbals, Bass Drum, Glockenspiel), Harp (or Keyboard)
Strings (Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Bass)

"A Platinum Overture", was primarily intended as a concert piece celebrating the unique seventy-year reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2022, but I also hope that the overture will have some sort of life of its own after the possibly never-to-be-repeated Platinum Jubilee, as I wanted it to be packed with stirring, uplifting tunes!
The piece is in modified Sonata form, with a fanfare for wind as its introduction. The first group consists of two elements, the first recalling an Elgarian Pomp and Circumstance March with its punchy motif. The second element, by contrast, stately and majestic, is intended to reflect the monarch’s unfailing sense of duty as ambassador for peace and stability over the seventy-year period.
The second group has three elements, the first being more pastoral - in three time - intended to suggest the Queen's love of the countryside, plants and animals. The second element is slower and gentler, recalling the monarch's fondness for dancing in her more youthful days. The third element, adapted from the "Green Anthem" in my children’s opera, "Nessie", is intended to mark the Queen’s commitment to conservation, encouraged in particular by the Prince of Wales.
After a short, stormy development section - things have not always been straightforward in the royal family during the Queen's long reign - there is a shortened recapitulation of the punchy, pastoral and green themes, all now in the home key and the latter decorated, as it were, with flowers. The overture ends with a triumphant coda. Peter Lawson

Duration 9 minutes
A PACK includes a full score plus a full set of wind, brass and percussion parts plus strings 4/4/3/4/2.

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