Catalogue Number: DBM1505
Instrumentation: Clarinet & Piano
Publisher: David Barton Music
Difficulty Level: 5-7
Year of Publication: 2011
Duration: 9 minutes
Availability: In Stock
Printed Copy: £6.99 (+P&P)
1. Prelude: Royal Oak Gate
2. Pastorale: Longmoor Pool
3. Danza: Jamboree
4. Epilogue: Ancient Woodlands
Sutton Park Suite paints a musical picture of the many faces of this much-loved beauty spot near Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands. Covering some 2,400 acres it is one of the largest urban parks in Europe, and the largest outside of a capital city. The pieces include sketches of Longmoor Pool (II. Pastorale) which dates from the 18th century, and Royal Oak Gate (I. Prelude), and both aim to encompass the wide variety of scenes which the area provides. Also mentioned are the park’s ancient woodlands (IV. Epilogue) and the jamboree celebrating the 50th anniversary of Scouting (III. Danza).
Whilst designed to be played as a complete set, the second and third movements work very well individually.
Up and coming composer David Barton lives in Staffordshire and these four very different movements are based on features in and around Sutton Park, just over the West Midlands border, near Sutton Coldfield. ‘Royal Oak Gate’ is a short prelude, fairly stately. ‘Longmoor Pool’ is a pastoral evocation of the 18th century. ‘Jamboree’, a dance, represents the 50th anniversary of scouting and is a tricky but effective number in 5/4. After the excitement of the celebrativo direction, the final epilogue ‘Ancient Woodlands’ is a slow, gentle number with a request to produce a sound ‘almost like a chant’. This is not a dazzling finish but a sombre end, mezzo piano throughout, simple rhythms over sustained chords. The whole work is roughly nine minutes long and probably works best with all four movements although ‘Jamboree’ may work well as a separate movement.
Stephanie Reeve in Clarinet & Saxophone
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