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Concert Overture for an Occasion, Op. 74 (1971-72)

The structure of this overture is designed to display each in turn the basic families of instruments, strings, woodwind, brass and percussion, playing as separate ensembles as well as in combination. An introductory fanfare leads to the principal subject in quadruple time on the strings, which is followed by the lyrical second subject in quintuple quavers, which is based on an English folk melody. A slow middle section which includes cadenza-like passages in which solo strings, brass, piano, celesta and even the double-bassoon take part, is followed by a shortened recapitulation of both first and second subjects and a lengthened cadenza section. The coda is developed from the opening brass fanfare.

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Major Works
Wat Tyler
Men of Blackmoor
The Sugar Reapers
Joe Hill - The Man Who Never Died
Orchestral Work
Symphony No. 1 in C
Symphony No. 2 'The Nottingham Symphony'
Symphony No. 3 'The Byron Symphony' with Baritone Solo and Mixed Chorus
Symphony No. 4 - Lascaux Symphony
Dorian Passacaglia and Fugue
Piano Concerto
Violin Concerto
Chamber Music
Dialectic for String Quartet
Concert Piece for Cello and Piano
Lyric Interlude for Violin Solo with Piano Accompaniment
Three Concert Studies for Piano, Violin and Cello
Piano Music
Twenty Four Preludes
Choral Music
'The Winter Journey' - A Christmas Cantata for Soprano and Baritone Solo, Mixed Chorus, String Quintet and Harp
Solo Song
'Voices of the Prophets' - Cantata for Tenor and Piano
'The Freight of Harvest' - Song Cycle for Tenor and Piano
'Life's Span' - Song Cycle for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano
'Woman's Life' - Song cycle for Soprano and Piano