Prelude for an Occasion

Programme Note

Prelude for an Occasion was one of my first works for brass band and was written in 1968 for the Black Dyke Mills Band for a recording on the Decca label. Since then it has become a popular concert opener.

After a short fanfare introduction it moves into a quasi-march with a somewhat rhythmic and dissonant middle section before returning to a triumphant restatement of the opening fanfare.

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Work Details

First Performance

  • Date: 1968
  • Venue: Decca Recording Studios, London, UK
  • Performers:
    Black Dyke Mills Band Geoffrey Brand (conductor)