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Punchinello - Quick March

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For many, William Rimmer is The March King of Brass Bands. His marches are wonderful pieces, every one with its own unique personality. None has the routine formality, the writing to a formula, which we find in the works of other pretenders to the title. They included the brilliant Cossack - written for Fodens and faithfully preserved by them to this day - and Slaidburn, equally famous for its tuneful simplicity. Others equally fine, included Ravenswood and the classic British Brass Band contest march Punchinello. This arrangement, by Denis Burton, introduces new lines rather than a relocation of the brass band parts with trills and counterpoint providing appropriate use of the woodwind textures against the brass. It was used as the quick band troop by the massed bands of the Foot Guards during the Queens Birthday Parade in June 2004.

Punchinello is the short fat buffoon or clown in an Italian puppet show. His main characteristic, from which he acquired his name, is his extremely long nose, which resembles a beak.

ComposerWilliam Rimmer
ArrangerDenis Burton
CategoryQuick March
Duration2 mins 30 Secs
DifficultyThis piece has difficulty rating of 4 on a scale one through 6, with 6 being the hardest. Click here to see how we grade our band sets.
Flutes 1-2
Eb Clarinet
Bb Clarinets 1-2-3
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Horns 1-2
Horns 3-4
Cornets 1-2
Trombones 1-2
Bass Trombone
Side Drum / Cymbals / Bass Drum
Double Bass
Parts SuppliedFor a full list of parts supplied under our free postage scheme, please visit FAQ's.
28/03/2014 - Powerful and interesting adaption of Brass Band march. Well worth seeking out. - Comment by John P

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