A Repton Fantasy (Cornet Solo)

Sir Hubert Parry (1848-1918) belongs to a, perhaps, forgotten generation of British and Irish composers that includes Charles Villiers Stanford and Sir Granville Bantock. They were perhaps all understandably over-shadowed by Sir Edward Elgar, and the result has been that much of their work is little-played or forgotten.

In Parry’s case, he is now mostly remembered for his hymn tunes, such as Jerusalem and Repton, both marvellous melodies, of course. This arrangement of the latter (which first appeared in Parry’s oratorio Judith and was adapted as a hymn tune after the composer’s death) comes from Philip Sparke’s collection Classic Hymns. The solo part can be played by a trumpet, clarinet or alto saxophone.