Lillibulero Variations

Lillibulero Variations

First used by the BBC as the signature tune to the BBC World News Service in 1955, Lillibulero traces its roots back to 1686 when it was attributed to Henry Purcel. Such was the popularity of this tune that it was chosen as a regimental march by the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). Movements are:

1. Original Theme – an Irish Jig

2. Latin – A light hearted movement encapsulating the rhythms and sounds of Latin America

3. Barcarolle – Written in the key of Eb Acoustic with its characteristic raised fourth and lowered seventh this melody moves effortlessly from one player to another and includes a canon like section for the trumpets

4. Vigoroso – Played as the title suggests this variation condenses the melodic figure into a single beat of 3/4 time leaving the lower instruments to complete the bar with a simple tonic and dominant figure

5. Choral – Starting from a unison note then cascading outwards the movement develops gradually adding tension until reaching its climax (bar 139). There then follows a more relaxing section until the movement comes to a final and peaceful close

6. Finale – Rhythm is everything in this movement. Establishing the 7/8 feel in the first two bars is key to creating the excitement in this final movement. The melody is featured in all parts. The key changes up a gear as does the tempo at the Piu Mosso. The repeated notes from the opening bars return, this time in the two lower parts to bring us back to our home key of Eb Major.

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Lillibulero Variations

First used by the BBC as the signature tune to the BBC World News Service in 1955, Lillibulero traces its roots back to 1686 when it was attributed to Henry Purcel. Such was the popularity of this tune that it was chosen as a regimental march by the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). Movements are:

1. Original Theme – an Irish Jig

2. Latin – A light hearted movement encapsulating the rhythms and sounds of Latin America

3. Barcarolle – Written in the key of Eb Acoustic with its characteristic raised fourth and lowered seventh this melody moves effortlessly from one player to another and includes a canon like section for the trumpets

4. Vigoroso – Played as the title suggests this variation condenses the melodic figure into a single beat of 3/4 time leaving the lower instruments to complete the bar with a simple tonic and dominant figure

5. Choral – Starting from a unison note then cascading outwards the movement develops gradually adding tension until reaching its climax (bar 139). There then follows a more relaxing section until the movement comes to a final and peaceful close

6. Finale – Rhythm is everything in this movement. Establishing the 7/8 feel in the first two bars is key to creating the excitement in this final movement. The melody is featured in all parts. The key changes up a gear as does the tempo at the Piu Mosso. The repeated notes from the opening bars return, this time in the two lower parts to bring us back to our home key of Eb Major.