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Program Notes

Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo

(1979)

Malcolm Arnold, composer

Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo, composed by Malcolm Arnold in 1979, was originally written for the brass bands for which England is well known. It was titled Little Suite for Brass. All three movements are written in clear, five part song forms. The Prelude begins bombastically in fanfare style, but reaches a middle climax, and winds down to a quiet return of the opening measures. The lilting Siciliano is both slower and more expressive, affording solo instruments and smaller choirs of sound an opportunity to be heard. The rollicking Rondo provides a romping finale in which the technical brilliance of the modern wind band is set forth in boasting brilliance.

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