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Fanfare for Violas

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Michael Rose has composed a number of works for viola ensemble and his 'Fanfare for Violas' was written for a viola day, directed by Jan Kaznowski. The composer writes: "This year (2014) 40-50 violists of all standards spent a Sunday with Martin Outram as coach - big noise!!"

Fanfare for Violas will work successfully with single players or for massed viola ensemble. A great and triumphal start to any massed viola day or concert.

"Any new piece for viola ensemble is welcome. This fanfare by Michael Rose is short - just 24 bars - but it nevertheless has an impressive weightiness to it. The piece is written in four parts and is presented on one double page of full score. There are two copies, so if it is played as scored they could be shared two and two.
This is a pleasingly flexible piece. All parts contain double stops, so may be further divided into eight individual lines. The double stops are for the most part comfortably playable, however, so confident violists could take these on. The top two lines involve moving out of first position and into treble clef to stretch better players. These parts also contain octaves, which would probably sound better divisi.
The fanfare is completely homophonic, so will lend itself beautifully to teaching the ensemble skills of tight rhythm, matching bowings and clean sounding articulation. The rhythms are strong, and the dynamic level never drops below forte, so this piece will also encourage all violists involved to play out strongly. Shyness must be left outside. This would make a great opening piece to a massed viola recital." [Alex Laing, arco, ESTA, Autumn 2015]

Michael Rose graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 1953 with piano and violin as principal studies. This was followed by three years' military service in the Regimental Band of the Scots Guards. Then came 6 years as Head of Music at John Lyon School, Harrow, followed by 6 years as a Music Adviser, firstly to Middlesex County Council, then to two London Boroughs. During these years he won the Clements Memorial Prize for a String Quartet, and began his conducting career with choirs and orchestras, which led in 1966-67 to an Apprentice Conductor's position with the BBC Northern Orchestra (now the BBC Philharmonic).

From 1968, he worked for the BBC as Assistant in Charge of their Training Orchestra in Bristol, frequently conducting their public and recorded concerts, including two Proms in 1970. In 1972, he returned to the world of music education, as Music Adviser in Bedfordshire, where he was able not only to build an expert instrumental teaching team, but to develop the orchestral, band, choral and operatic opportunities for young musicians. It was also during this time that he was Chairman of the National Association of Youth Orchestra, for fifteen years. For many years he assisted George Hurst on the Conducting Course at Canford Summer School of Music.

He took early retirement in 1990 to devote time to study, composition, conducting and examining, and for the Associated Board has examined in Malaysia, New Zealand, Oman, Africa, Sweden, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Singapore. He tutors a number of aspiring conductors and carries out special sessions in conducting for teachers and young people. He is leader of the Olney Conducting Workshops, a series of one-day and weekend courses which began in 2005.

Much of his music for young players has been published by the Associated Board, and has appeared in the examination syllabuses. Other music, both choral and orchestral, has been published by OUP, Novello and others.

He has continued as Conductor of the Bedfordshire County Youth Orchestra, with whom he has toured to France, Cyprus, Germany, Russia, Spain, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Italy.

He was awarded the OBE in 1990, for services to music.

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Cat No. RM757
Supplier Code RM757
Price £8.00
ComposerMichael Rose
CategoryViola Quartet / Ensemble
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level3 - 5
ISMN 979-0-57045-757-1
EAN-13 9790570457571
Weight 99 grams
Published 16th October 2014
Availability 4 in stock
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