Suite in F

Suite in F

This original suite in F explores three versions of this key structure; F major, F dorian and F minor.

1. Shanty for Brass – This movement in the style of a sea shanty tells the story of five sailors out on the town having been granted shore leave. Each instrument takes a turn with the melody and you could gather from the music that all are having a good time. Thing become somewhat busy (letter D) and you could imagine from the music that the five experience some ‘heavy weather’, but when the main tune returns later (letter E) all is well and they make their way back to ship.

2. Dorian Song – This movement explores the Dorian mode with the opening melody being introduced in a legato style by the Tuba. As the melody passes from the original key of F Dorian to A Dorian the style changes as the melody passes to the trumpet. A further key change to F# Dorian finds the horn and trombone playing in a more marked style and in canon. The final key change back to F Dorian signals the return of the opening legato style with notes cascading up and down taking this movement to its logical conclusion.

3. March – Fortitude – Here we find ourselves exploring the key of F minor with this strident march somewhat in the style of a brass band march. Opening sections and bass subject are somewhat forceful in nature. The trio section in Db major has a sunnier feel. Following a short bridge passage the trio theme returns with an added countermelody and some interesting accompaniment features to bring this movement and the whole suite to a positive conclusion.

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Suite in F

This original suite in F explores three versions of this key structure; F major, F dorian and F minor.

1. Shanty for Brass – This movement in the style of a sea shanty tells the story of five sailors out on the town having been granted shore leave. Each instrument takes a turn with the melody and you could gather from the music that all are having a good time. Thing become somewhat busy (letter D) and you could imagine from the music that the five experience some ‘heavy weather’, but when the main tune returns later (letter E) all is well and they make their way back to ship.

2. Dorian Song – This movement explores the Dorian mode with the opening melody being introduced in a legato style by the Tuba. As the melody passes from the original key of F Dorian to A Dorian the style changes as the melody passes to the trumpet. A further key change to F# Dorian finds the horn and trombone playing in a more marked style and in canon. The final key change back to F Dorian signals the return of the opening legato style with notes cascading up and down taking this movement to its logical conclusion.

3. March – Fortitude – Here we find ourselves exploring the key of F minor with this strident march somewhat in the style of a brass band march. Opening sections and bass subject are somewhat forceful in nature. The trio section in Db major has a sunnier feel. Following a short bridge passage the trio theme returns with an added countermelody and some interesting accompaniment features to bring this movement and the whole suite to a positive conclusion.