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A Downland Suite


A Downland Suite was composed in 1932. Its style is simple and direct, showing both a sympathy for the medium and the composer’s remarkable understanding of musical form. The Prelude’s contrasting solo and tutti passages and strong rhythms are appropriately followed by a tender and expressive Elegy whose long-stranded melody is tellingly harmonized and idiomatically scored. The succeeding Minuet has much of the grace and flowing counterpoint of its classical models and is written with such art as to bring a smile unbidden to the listener’s lips. Attractive and bright, the concluding Rondo ends this delightful suite with a flourish, following a penultimate passage of broad and apt sentiment.

from notes by Peter Lamb © 1988


English Music for Brass
CDH55070Archive Service


Movement 1: Prelude
Track 1 on CDH55070 [5'25] Archive Service
Movement 2: Elegy
Track 2 on CDH55070 [3'45] Archive Service
Movement 3: Minuet
Track 3 on CDH55070 [4'23] Archive Service
Movement 4: Rondo
Track 4 on CDH55070 [3'36] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDH55070 track 3

Recording date
22 September 1987
Recording venue
Recording producer
Charles Hilz
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. English Music for Brass (CDH55070)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: May 2002
    Deletion date: August 2010
    Archive Service
  2. English Music for Brass (CDH88013)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: August 1988
    Deletion date: May 2002
    Superseded by CDH55070
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