Prelude & Capriccio


Programme Note

I wrote my Prelude and Capriccio in 1972. It exists in two versions: one for cornet and band and the other for cornet or trumpet and piano.

The work began life in the early sixties, the Capriccio being composed when I was 17.  I added a Prelude to complete the work, which lasts for approximately 8 minutes. The Prelude is reflective in character and uses long melodic lines over undulating chromatic harmony. The music reaches a climax before a brief reprise of the opening. The Capriccio is somewhat jazzy in its opening syncopated rhythms, but has a more lyrical middle section before a finale exploiting the virtuoso character of the instrument.

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Work Details

  • Date of Composition: 1972
  • Publisher: R Smith & Company
  • Available from: SP&S
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  • Duration: 8'
  • Instrumentation: Solo Cornet and Brass Band (or cornet/trumpet and piano)

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