1. 1.‘Bist du bei mir’  Classical (cornet solo)

  2. 2.‘The Children‘  P Babb arr Babb

  3. 3.‘In Praise of Finland’  Selection

  4. 4.‘My Lady Greensleeves’  Traditional


set 6:  expressions

notes on each piece

‘Bist du bei mir’      (6 score pages, estimated performance time 3¼ mins)

I have arranged this as a stand-up solo for cornet, with the remaining Cornet 1 player(s) joining at F. This beautiful melody by J. S. Bach deserves to be better known. The dynamic markings are an attempt to provide some contrast, and could well be followed without change. However, the conductor is welcome to use his or her musical initiative.

The Children        (6 score pages, estimated performance time 3¼ mins)

This is a careful transcription of a lovely song written by my daughter, Penny, after she visited the Welsh memorial to the children who died in the Aberfan disaster. The words of verse 1 are: ‘Remember the children, The precious dear children Whose young lives are moulded By the lives that we lead. Give them hours filled with happiness, Teach them tears of pure joy; Remember the children, Each girl and each boy.’ This song was first published by Salvationist Publishing & Supplies Ltd. I am grateful to them for their permission to publish this arrangement.

In Praise of Finland       (11 score pages, estimated performance time 6 mins)

This selection comprises two folk melodies and the ‘Finlandia’ tune by Sibelius. The first theme is ‘Kalevala melody’ in a gentle 5/4 rhythm, with two contrasting arrangements. The second is ‘One night in Summer’: first a fairly light and relaxed arrangement, followed by a canon between ‘top’ and ‘bottom’ instruments. The two ‘Finlandia’ arrangements are a transcription of Sibelius’s composition without any other of his thematic material.

‘My Lady Greensleeves’      (8 score pages, estimated performance time 3¼ mins)

As one of the best-known English traditional melodies, ‘Greensleeves’ will be known by all. I have tried to provide an arrangement that is sympathetic, but with a few personal touches. The ‘extra’ bars in A (bars 5 and 10) should be much quieter than the preceding melody line. There is a second version starting at D, with a climax section at F leading to another change of key for the third version starting at G.

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