ALAN BULLARD
WIND AND BRASS ENSEMBLES

brass band
Continuum (formerly Procession ) for brass band (1984)       
9 mins: Grades 6-7
A single-movement work exploring the colour of the brass band.
Commissioned by Redbridge Brass (conductor David Wood) first performed Rosslyn Hill Chapel,  London 26 May 1984.
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brass ensemble
Olympic Stars for flexible woodwind, brass and string ensembles
up to Grade 2
Commissioned by Enfield Arts Support Service for their junior band and string groups, and first performed on 4 July 2012. There are five movements: Torch Relay (tutti), Tennis (wind), Synchronised Swimming (strings), 400m Sprint (wind), and Final Celebration (tutti)
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Zoological Band for flexible brass ensemble  (1999)  
Grade 3-5
Five short pieces for flexible brass ensemble in four parts, originally commissioned by Berkshire Young Musician's Trust. The movements are: Cheerful Chimp, Tired Tortoise, Graceful Giraffe, Sad Sea-Lion, Prickly Porcupine. Also available for flexible wind ensemble
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brass quintet
Essay for brass quintet (1983)                              
9 mins: Grade 7-8
This colourful piece, now in the repertoire of many quintets, was commissioned by Farnaby Brass and first performed in Witney, Oxfordshire,  on 9 December 1983 and subsequently twice broadcast on BBC Radio 3.             
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horn and trumpet
Archbishop Harsnett meets Doctor Gilberd for horn and trumpet (2012)                              
4-5 mins: Grade 7-8
Commissioned by the Britten Sinfonia as part of the Colchester Music of Place project, this work represents an imaginary conversation between these two seventeenth-century gentlemen, whose statues occupy adjacent niches in the Colchester Town Hall facade. During the weekend of 8-9 September 2012 it was performed 6 times on the town hall balcony, bravely challenging the roar of the traffic beneath, and also in the Britten Sinfona concert in Colchester Arts Centre on 8th September, accompanied only by the slight roar of the air-conditioning. The performers were Paul Archibald (trumpet) and Pip Eastop (horn).            
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clarinet choir or saxophone choir
Circular Melody  for saxophone or clarinet choir in 14 parts (1990)      9 mins: Grades 7-8
A single-movement work exploring the unusual sonority of the saxophone (or clarinet) choir
Saxophones: 1 sopranino, 2 sopranos, 4 altos, 4 tenors, 2 baritones, 1 bass
Clarinets: 1 Eb, 8 Bb, 2 alto (or Bb), 2 bass, 1 contrabass (or contra-alto or bass 3)
Commissioned by Colchester Institute Saxophone Choir (conductor Angela Fussell), first performed at the First British Saxophone Congress, Wakefield, 27 October 1990.  First performance of the clarinet choir version by the RCM Junior Clarinet Ensemble, conductor Charles Hine, at the Royal College of Music, 24 June 1995: recorded by the British Clarinet Ensemble, conductor Charles Hine
`Worthwhile and expressive' CASS magazine
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Cyclic Harmony for clarinet choir or saxophone choir (1998)
10 mins.: Grades 7-8
Another single movement piece exploring the rich sonorities of the single-reed ensemble, this work was commissioned by the British Clarinet Ensemble, conductor Charles Hine, and first performed by them at the EuroKass Festival in Krakow, Poland. in July 1998.
Clarinets: Eb, 6 Bb, 2 Altos (or Bb), 2 Bass, Contrabass (or Contra-alto or Bass)
Saxophones: 1 Sopranino, 2 Sopranos, 4 Altos, 4 Tenors, 2 Baritones, 1 Bass
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Recorded by the British Clarinet Ensemble on the CD `Gordian Knots'
`Draws the listener in in a most hypnotic way…beguiling harmonies and rhythms…a fascinating and original piece' - Andrew Smith, Clarinet and Saxophone magazine.
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clarinet quartet
Fanfare and canon for 4 or more B flat clarinets (1992)      
4 mins: Grade 2-3
Two easy pieces for clarinet ensemble, performed on CASS days and at a number of schools.
`Effective movements; pupils enjoy playing them' Angela Fussell, CASS magazine
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 Olympian Sketches for  3  B  flat  clarinets  (2nd  optionally doubling E flat) and bass clarinet (1993)  (also available for saxophone quartet)                          
10 mins: Grade 8
These five pieces - musical portraits of Greek gods - were written for pupils of Angela Fussell at the RCM Junior Department and first performed in Ghent, Belgium, on 14 June 1993
1.  Apollo - the god of music and poetry;  2.  Charon - the ferry-man of the underworld;  3.  Hermes - the messenger of the gods;  4.  Aphrodite - the goddess of love and beauty;  5.  Artemis - the goddess of hunting
`Very well written...with musical and dramatic qualities that make rehearsal well worth while' -  Paul Harvey, Winds.
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Recorded on CD by the Chinook Clarinet Quartet - CHINOOK CCQ 001
`The Chinook respond with tight ensemble and controlled playing in these evocative and contrasting five movements' - Charles Hine, Clarinet and Saxophone magazine

Overtones for four B flat clarinets (1985)                       
11 mins: Grade 8+
Ebony Quartet commission, first London performance at the Purcell Room, 28 January 1986.
This virtuosic piece exploits the entire range of the four clarinets in a dramatic and exciting way.
 'Clearly the result of a fiery imagination' - Robert Matthew-Walker, Music and Musicians
`Musically substantial and technically involved' - CASS magazine
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Recorded on CD by  Ebony Quartet : MERLIN MRFD 93100

flute choir
Seascape  for solo flute and flute choir (2000)
7 mins: Grade 8
Commissioned by Colchester Institute for the 2000 FluteFest and first performed by Karen Jones (solo flute) and the Colchester Institute Flute Choir, conductor Leanne Stretton, on Februrary 23rd 2000.
Scoring: solo flute, piccolo, 3 flutes, 2 alto flutes, bass flute
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flute trio (or flute choir)
Little Suite (1990/1996)                                 
8 mins: Grade 6-7
Five light-hearted movements, also available for two oboes and cor anglais
1. Entrance  2. Sarabande  3. Scherzo  4. Air  5. Exit
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two oboes and cor anglais
Little Suite for two oboes and cor anglais (1990)             
8 mins: Grade 6-7
Five light-hearted movements, also available for flute trio or flute choir
first performed by the Oben Ensemble, 19 May 1991, Manningtree
1. Entrance  2. Sarabande  3. Scherzo  4. Air  5. Exit
'A most attractive work which can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages… we can warmly recommend it to all oboe and cor anglais players' - Jennifer Porcas, Double Reed News  
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recorder trio
Triple Fipple for three recorders
3 mins: Grade 5
Commissioned by Kingswood Recorders, director Jackey Birch, this fun piece is available in two versions, descant/treble/tenor or treble/tenor/bass.
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recorder ensemble
North Sea Sketches
9 mins : Descant, Trebles 1 and 2, Tenor, Bass, with optional Sopranino, Great Bass, and Contrabass.
Commissioned by the Soceity of Recorder Payers and first performed at the 2010 National Festival in Felixstowe, Suffolk by an orchestra of 200. Felixstowe is one of the largest North Sea ports, with a long naval history.  North Sea Sketches celebrates this link, and it is an arrangement of a selection of traditional songs and dances related to the sea. The three movements are  'In Harbour',  'Lament' and  'Ocean Waves'
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saxophone quartet
Three Picasso Portraits (1992) for saxophone quartet (S, A, T, Bar)           
8 mins: Grade 8
Commissioned by Saxology and broadcast by them on Classic FM, this work is based on three paintings of Picasso from the inter-war period - 1. Harlequin  2. Weeping Woman  3. Three Dancers First performance, Saxology,  Saint Martin's in the Fields, London, 15 June 1992.
`Beautifully written and immensely satisfying to play…a must for the serious ensemble' - Charles Hine, CASS Journal     
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Recorded on CD by Saxology: MERIDIAN CDE 84376   

Olympian Sketches (1993/96) for saxophone quartet (S, A, T, Bar)
10 mins: Grade 8
(Also available for clarinet quartet)
These five pieces - musical portraits of Greek gods - were written, in their clarinet version, for pupils of Angela Fussell at the RCM Junior Dept. This version was made for Saxology
1.  Apollo - the god of music and poetry;  2.  Charon - the ferry-man of the underworld;  
3.  Hermes - the messenger of the gods;  4.  Aphrodite - the goddess of love and beauty;  
5.  Artemis - the goddess of hunting
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woodwind ensemble
Journey Through Time for woodwind ensemble and optional flute and clarinet ensemble  (2010)  
Grade 8
Commissioned by the Bloomsbury Woodwind Ensemble, conductor Shea Lolin, this work provides an opportunity for contrast between the two ensembles.  It is a single-movement work in a number of sections and is loosely based on some of the creation stories, but it ends with a mysterious final section in which the musical material unravels, taking us back to the dark chaos of the opening.  Throughout, the flute and clarinet ensemble provide a commentary and link between the sections. It can also be performed without the flute and clarinet ensemble as the parts are cued into the main ensemble.
Scoring 3 flutes (1 doubling picc), 2 oboes, 3 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 alto sax, 1 tenor sax, 1 baritone sax, 1 bassoon: optional ensemble, two flutes, 2 clarinets (all with divisions)
First Performance, St John's Smith Square, 27 November 2010

Olympic Stars for flexible woodwind, brass and string ensembles
up to Grade 2
Commissioned by Enfield Arts Support Service for their junior band and string groups, and first performed on 4 July 2012. There are five movements: Torch Relay (tutti), Tennis (wind), Synchronised Swimming (strings), 400m Sprint (wind), and Final Celebration (tutti)
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Palace Dances for woodwind orchestra  (2007)
Grade 5-7
Commissioned by the Palace Band, the five varied movements of this suite refer to the history of Alexandra Palace in North London. Flexibly scored in four parts, but works best with a wide variety of woodwind instruments, for example: Part 1 (Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Sop Sax) Part 2 (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet), Part 3 (Clarinet, Alto Sax), Part 4 (Bassoon, Tenor Sax, Bass Clarinet).  the movements can be performed separately. I may produce a Concert Band version of this piece in the future...
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Zoological Band for flexible woodwind ensemble  (2001)  
Grade 3-5
Five short pieces for flexible woodwind ensemble in four parts, originally commissioned by Berkshire Young Musician's Trust. The movements are: Cheerful Chimp, Tired Tortoise, Graceful Giraffe, Sad Sea-Lion, Prickly Porcupine. Also available for flexible brass ensemble
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wind orchestra
Procession for symphonic wind orchestra (1984/1997)      
9 mins. Grade 6-7
Originally written for the Redbridge Brass Band with the name Continuum, this symphonic band version explores the variety of colour of the wind and brass, with the less common instruments cued so that it can be played by smaller concert bands.
Not currently available

Heritage for symphonic wind orchestra (1993)           
18 mins. Grade 7-8
This three movement work reflecting the Yorkshire heritage was commissioned by the Leeds Centenary Festival of Wind Music and first performed in Leeds Town Hall on July 2nd 1993 by massed bands of the Leeds district conducted by John Wallace. The movements are entitled Energy, Landscape, and Celebration.
`Surely destined to become a standard repertory piece' -Winds
`Extremely imaginative orchestration' - Essex County Standard  
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wind quintet
Dances for Wind Quintet (1982)                         
16 mins: Grade 8+
1. Prelude  2. Pavane  3. Musette  4. Interlude  5. Reel
Commissioned and first performed by the Marlborough Quintet, 26 June 1983, Purcell Room,
first broadcast,  BBC Radio 3, Vega Quintet.
`Assured in character and delightful in effect' - Patrick Enfield, Evening Star       
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