- MASQUERADE was
commissioned by Stadtmusik Willisau from Switzerland (Reto Güdel,
conductor) to celebrate their 175th anniversary in 2003 and
first performed by them in November that year.
- 1. Overture
- The first
movement opens with a fanfare-like figure, featuring the brass, before
the main them is introduced over staccato chords. After a short,
syncopated interlude a legato theme is introduced in the tenor
register and material is developed until the music slows temporarily.
The opening theme returns and the ‘tenor’ tune is taken up by the whole
band until the opening fanfare returns to close the movement.
- 2. Elegy
- The slow movement
opens intensely with a bare two-part theme, which leads to a passionate
chorale-style melody. A second theme is introduced and leads to a
climax, a return of the chorale theme and a pianissimo repeat
which again leads to a full-band climax. The two-part theme returns
quietly to create a peaceful close.
- 3 Interlude
- A short movement
which changes the mood to introduce:-
- 4 Finale
- Three violent
chords preface a lively syncopated opening theme. The trumpets introduce
a second idea, which is treated fugally, and this in turn leads to the
main melodic idea of the movement, over staccato chords. A
contrasting subject is then introduced in the middle of the band,
followed by echoes of the first movement fanfare. The opening theme
returns and material is revisited until the opening fanfare returns in
full to end the work triumphantly.