The Swiss Band Federation
commissioned Triptych for Section 2 of their 16th Brass Band
Championships in Montreux, 1990.
It is in three connected
Has a slightly medieval
mood through use of modal harmony and starts with a single line with the feel of
a fanfare. The texture thickens as layer is laid upon layer until a chordal
climax is reached. A second, but still martial, subject leads back to the
original fanfare and after material is restated three themes combine to close
2 Fantasy on One Note
A hymn-like movement, which
has a concert ‘F’ present throughout. As the harmony changes, the ‘F’
appears in various parts of the band but returns to the 2nd and 3rd
cornets under changing harmony to lead to:
A joyous movement with a lively tune first stated by the trombones and euphoniums. The full band takes this up. A cantabile second subject is introduced by the euphoniums and again taken up ‘tutti’. The first tune the reappears to bring the movement to a close.