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Peter Lawson
TUNES FROM THE TRENCHES - Songs from World War One
Goodmusic Concert Pops GMCP020

Catalogue Number: GMCP020

Difficulty level: D What's this?

ISMN: 9790222290143

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For choir and orchestra, or orchestra alone (can also be performed by choir accompanied only by piano).
A non-stop medley of tunes from World War One from recruiting through to the Last Post. This arrangement can be performed by orchestra alone as a concert piece or by various types of choir with either an orchestra or piano accompaniment. There are different choral versions available for Mixed Voice Choir - both SATB (GM131) and, for those with a shortage of male voices, SA+Men (GM134) - for Upper Voice Choir (SSA - GM132) and for Male Voice Choir (TTBB - GM133). The orchestra score and parts can be used either on its own or to accompany a choir.

2 Flutes (2nd db.piccolo), 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in Bb, 2 Bassoons,
2 Horns in F, 2 Trumpets in Bb, 3 Trombones, Tuba,
Timpani, Percussion (5 players: Triangle, Side Drum, Cymbals, Bass Drum, Temple Blocks, Whip, Tambourine, Tubular Bells, Sleigh Bells, Swanee Whistle, Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Vibraphone), Harp (or Keyboard)
Strings (Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Bass), Choir [optional]

The recruiting song "Your King and Country Want You" starts us off followed by "Goodbye, Dolly Gray" as the soldiers leave for war. "Belgium put the Kibosh on the Kaiser" is followed by some proper trench songs - various lyrics were improvised by the soldiers!! - "Three German Officers crossed the Rhine" and "They were only playing Leap-Frog". "The Bells of Hell go Ting-a-ling-a-ling" leads to strains of "Stille Nacht" recalling the Christmas truce. "When this Lousy War is Over" and "There's no place like Home" are balanced by "Land of Hope and Glory" before the Americans arrive with "The Caissons go Rolling Along" and "Over There". "It's a Long Way to Tipperary" brings us towards a rousing finish save for an optional "Last Post-lude" to end reflectively.
Duration 13½ minutes
A PACK includes a full score (A4), all wind, brass and percussion parts and strings 4/4/3/4/2.
A larger A3 score and all of the choral scores are also available.
The audio sample is the version with orchestra and mixed voice choir (computer-generated from the score - so no words!!)
CLICK HERE to see the choral copies
There is also a version for concert band - GM150.

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