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LITTLE SUITE NO. 1

This four-movement suite was completed in 2016. The first movement, Fanfare, is a brief call to attention with an unsettled sense of key – the fourth trumpet never quite agrees with the other players!

The second movement, Carillon, was prompted by the weekly bell-ringing practice in the composer’s village – rhythmic ensemble is not always quite perfect….

The scurrying third movement, Burlesco, uses material from the ‘bells’ of the previous movement, but in a very different way this time. A sense of key is never really confirmed and there is a bustling race to the finish.

The Proclamation recalls the style of the opening Fanfare and provides a noble conclusion to this short suite. With echoes of each other’s part, the four instruments compete confidently as the movement proceeds to its triumphant conclusion.