Partita was written in 1989
to a commission from Eikanger/Bjørsvik Musikklag (Norway) who were European
Champions at the time.
There are three movements.
1 The first movement is
almost a miniature concerto for band. It opens with a relentless quaver passage
in the basses, which builds until the whole band is involved. Horns and
baritones are first to take centre-stage in close harmony and the euphoniums and
basses follow them. These forces combine to introduce the cornets that have a
10-part fanfare to themselves before the trombones interrupt. The opening quaver
figure returns, somewhat ominously, and, after the full band recalls previous
material, brings the movement to a close.
2. Starts with a cornet
solo over a pulsating accompaniment after which the band builds to a noble tune
on the trombones. The full band takes over and brings back the opening cornet
tune with which the soloist, with the aid of a euphonium counter-melody, quietly
ends the movement, leading directly into:
3. A sparkling vivo, which opens with the fanfare-like figures throughout the band until a solo cornet, emerges with an acrobatic tune. The whole band takes this up until horns; baritones and trombones introduce an energetic second subject, which leads to a full band climax in the form of a jubilant chorale. This died away to reintroduce the opening fanfare against a new theme from the trombones, which eventually leads back to a recapitulation. We are then thrown headlong into a 12/8 presto, which hurtles to a coda, which recalls the opening themes.