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Paul Patterson: Deception Pass

  • for brass ensemble
  • hn, tpt(4), tbn(3), bass tbn, tuba
  • Duration: 15’
  • Instrumentation details:
    horn in F
    1st trumpet in C
    2nd trumpet in C
    3rd trumpet in C (+picc.tpt)
    4th trumpet in C
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    3rd trombone
    bass trombone
  • Composer: Paul Patterson
  • Dedication: For the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
  • Commission: Commissioned by the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain.

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In 1792 the explorer George Vancouver, whilst exploring the north west coast of the USA, observed a large island, but on closer examination he discovered an intricate channel dividing it into two. He realised that he had been deceived as to the character of the island and named the channel Deception Pass. It is a most impressive site: a sheer rock face rises hundreds of feet out of the sea and through it flows an immense torrent of water, highly dangerous for sailing craft.

The composer writes: At the time of my visit there I was about to write a work for the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and became obsessed with the idea of writing them a musical portrait of Deception Pass. The work is not entirely programmatic, but each movement evokes different images of this magnificent place.

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