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Passchendaele Premiere

Derwent Brass once again turns to the pen of the up and coming Matt Eden, Black Dyke Band’s young composer in residence, to produce a new work to première at their annual Festival of Remembrance. 

 Supported with funds awarded from the Normal Jones Trust and administered by Brass Band’s England, Matt Eden has composed a piece entitled ‘Meditation’ which skilfully reflects on the colossal loss of life from the Battle of Passchendaele, one of the bloodiest episodes of the First World War.

 Brass Bands England Derwent Brass Funding Norman Jones

 “I was delighted to have been approached again by Derwent Brass, having composed a piece for their 25th anniversary celebrations earlier this year. This second commission is for their annual remembrance concert and will provide a quiet reflective item for the programme.

‘Meditation’ begins in a dark and ambiguous manner, with fragments of hymn-like melodies scattered across the band. Gradually the music brightens until we arrive at a more settled texture that features some of the band’s soloists as they play intertwining melodies, reminiscent perhaps of Elgar and Strauss. After a pause for reflection, the piece returns to ambiguity; fading away to nothing and lacking complete resolution. I hope that this work will provide a moment for reflection with appropriate solemnity for the occasion, whilst still an enjoyable addition to the brass band repertoire.

Matt Eden World Premiere Derwent Brass Meditation

 I always enjoy working with Derwent Brass, as not only are they a group of wonderful players and people, they are genuine supporters of new music who are never afraid to explore new avenues. I am greatly looking forward to working with the band on this piece, its première and hopefully in the future.” (Matt Eden).

The remembrance concert ‘A Night To Remember’ will take place in St. Peter’s Church, Belper on November 11th 2017. More information can be found here.

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