Blow Down – Free for Concert Band

Composer: Barry Cockcroft Editor
Composed: 2010 Duration: 2 mins.
Instrumentation: Concert Band, Concert Band Repertoire
ISMN: 979-0-720100-32-6 Catalogue: RM700
Level: 2.5 Country: Australia

A Hoe Down is a fast dance related to the jig and reel.Traditionally there is a virtuosic display of footwork, where a succession of dancers each attempt to outdo the previous dancers. If the last dancer was the best one then the audience would cheer wildly.

This work is now available as a free digital download.

The music for these demanding dances is usually performed by virtuosic fiddle players. Using this display of competitiveness as a basis for the composition, Blow Down offers a chance for the woodwind section to display some of their own virtuosity through fluent finger technique and rapid staccato tonguing.

In keeping with the competitive nature of the dance, the brass section must try to outdo the woodwind by playing an expressive chorale with bold tone and elegant phrasing.The piece finishes with a triumphant romp with all instruments playing at their best and all themes being played simultaneously. Who is the winner?

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