David Sawer: Bronze and Iron

  • for brass quintet with bandstand
  • Duration: 15’
  • Instrumentation details:
    horn in F
    1st trumpet in Bb
    2nd trumpet in Bb
  • Composer: David Sawer
  • Commission: Bronze and Iron was commissioned by Onyx Brass and Fourfortytwo Ltd. as part of the PRS for Music Foundation New Music Biennial 2014 and in celebration of the ensemble's 21st Birthday, with funds provided by the PRS for Music Foundation, the Britten-Pears Foundation, the Leche Trust, the RVW Trust, the Radcliffe Trust and the Granada Foundation. The work was performed by Onyx Brass in the UK-wide Tour de Brass! from March to September 2014, including the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and th

Work introduction

I find bandstands incredibly evocative, full of ghosts and child-like memories, whilst being at the same time perfectly functional and practical platforms for popular, outdoor performance. The idea of composing a piece that would draw the public’s attention to these unique, surviving monuments in free, open and public spaces immediately appealed. 

My piece heightens the theatricality of these spaces through the spatial arrangement and movement of the five players, both singly and in groups, approaching, standing and moving in and around the bandstand, aiming to catch the audience by surprise.

David Sawer

The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (GB)
Onyx Brass

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