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This wind quintet is an elaborate reworking of four songs from Stuff & Nonsense, dating from 1992. Humour pervades, in all its guises – from irony to parody, from sarcasm to mock-banality!
The work is essentially tonal, with elements of jazz and ‘wrong-note’ harmony to emphasise the humour, and it pays homage to the sardonic side of Malcolm Arnold, exponent par excellence of the lighter side of music.
Each movement is structured as a series of variations, the themes and harmony being constantly reworked on each presentation.