Catalogue 2





"Suite of Cotswold Folkdances" 1 - 6 is listed in the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association Manual as approved Festival repertoire, Grade V (omit mvmt. 5). Thank you, VBODA!
Suite of Cotswold Folkdances 1. Wheatley Processional               Listen                     View      1:45     Med-Easy     US $15.00    Purchase


Suite of Cotswold Folkdances 2.  Constant Billy                             Listen                      View      2:45     Med-Easy     US $15.00     Purchase
 

Suite of Cotswold Folkdances 3.  Brighton Camp                           Listen                       View     2:10       Med-Easy    US $15.00     Purchase


Suite of Cotswold Folkdances 4. Jockie to the Fair                         Listen                        View      1:30      Med-Easy     US $15.00    Purchase
 

Suite of Cotswold Folkdances 5.  Ladies of Pleasure                      Listen                        View      1:55          Easy         US $15.00    Purchase
 

Suite of Cotswold Folkdances 6.  Princess Royal                             Listen                       View      2:10      Med-Easy     US $15.00    Purchase
Philip Lane; arr. by Paul Noble 
Performed by the Birmingham (U.K.) Symphonic Winds, Keith Allen, Conductor
The Suite of Cotswold Folkdances (not to be confused with Cotswold Dances) was commissioned by the Stroud Festival to celebrate HRH, the Princess Anne and her family taking up residence in the Cotswolds, near Stroud.  The suite of dances is based on traditional Morris tunes prevalent in the Cotswolds at the turn of the century.  Although the tunes themselves are left largely untouched, their implied harmonies and moods are treated more freely to create a balanced work for the concert hall.  Numbers 2, 3, and 4 may recall more familiar variants since it is in the nature of folksong/dance for there to be more than one version when examples were transmitted, not always accurately, by word of mouth or note of pipe.

The individual movements may be performed separately or as a suite.
(NOTE: Harp parts are generally covered or otherwise expendable, except in No. 5, where, if no harp, an electronic keyboard or piano would be desirable.)
The orchestra version of "Suite of Cotswold Folkdances" can be heard on CD: Sanctuary WHL 2126. 
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"Diversions on a Theme of Paganini" is listed in the British National Concert Band Festival as a 5.0 required piece.

Diversions on a Theme of Paganini                                           Listen                  View     13:00          Adv         US $90.00    Purchase
Philip Lane; arr. by Paul Noble  

This work is made up of eight short movements and was originally scored for brass quintet, being commissioned for performance by the London 
Gabrieli Ensemble. The full orchestra version was made in 2000 for a commercial recording by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by Gavin 
Sutherland, and the band arrangement was completed in 2009. 

The title is important in that the pieces are more musings than variations on the famous theme.  The introduction stands somewhat apart, rather 
in the way the opening of Dohnanys Variations on a Nursery Tune does, and the subsequent diversions play with the theme, or parts of it,
in movements lyrical, bombastic, or plain frivolous.  The individual titles of the movements are self-explanatory, except to add that the last one
always reminds the composer, for some reason, of final credits going up at the end of a film or television programme.

Titles of the eight movements:  1. Introduction and Theme; 2. In Pieces; 3. Toccata; 4. Chaconne; 5. Cortege; 6. Popular Song,7. Five-A-Side; 8. Epilogue.
This piece will be a great workout for your band, with lots of opportunities for soloists, some rhythmic challenges, and great emotional stretches.
The orchestra version of "Diversions on a Theme of Paganini" can be heard on CD:  Marco Poco 8.225185.
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Overture on French Carols                                                                  Listen                       View      5:30        Med           US $50.00     Purchase
Philip Lane; arr. by Paul Noble

The idea for this work sprang from a visit to Bayeux in the weeks before Christmas in 2001 when carols were being played through loudspeakers
 in the streets to accompany seasonal shoppers. The overture was premiered by the BBC Concert Orchestra in 2003 and subsequently broadcast
 on BBC Radio 3.  The work has been commercially recorded by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by Gavin Sutherland, and performed 
extensively by the Boston Pops.

The carols employed in this overture are: : “Il est né, le divin enfant!”,  Patapan, Noel nouvelet, Quelle est cette odeur agreeable, and 
Masters in this hall.  Some are brought together in the final section with Quittez, pasteurs as additional counterpoint in the horns. 
This piece will be an important addition to seasonal repertoire, and certainly in a setting that will be fresh and inspiring for audiences.
The orchestra version of "Overture on French Carols" can be heard on CD:  Epoch CDLX 7151.
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"Wassail Dances" 1 - 3 are listed in the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association Manual as 
approved Festival repertoire, Grade VI. Thank you, VBODA!

Wassail Dances 1. Somerset                                                      Listen                     View     2:20        Med             US $25.00     Purchase

Wassail Dances 2. Yorkshire                                                    Listen                     View     3:00      Med-Easy      US $25.00     Purchase

Wassail Dances 3. Gloucestershire                                        Listen                      View     2:20     Med-Adv       US$25.00      Purchase 
Philip Lane; arr. by Paul Noble

The three dances are based on the traditional wassail songs of, respectively, Somerset, Yorkshire and Gloucestershire.  These dances were 
commissioned and first performed by the Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra in 1973.  Subsequently they received their first broadcast performance
on BBC Radio 3 in 1985 by the BBC Concert Orchestra.
The orchestra version of "Wassail Dances" can be heard on CD:  Naxos 8.557099.
(NOTE: Wassail Dances 3.  is the same composition as Cotswold Dances 5, so if ordering one it is not necessary to order the other.)
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A Spa Overture                                                                         Listen                      View      5:30         Med           US $50.00     Purchase
Philip Lane; arr. by Paul Noble

The "Spa" of the title relates to Cheltenham, and seeks to evoke both its peaceful and bustling character, creating a montage of streets, parks and overall atmosphere, with a central section suggesting the Antarctic explorer, Edward Wilson, a fellow Cheltonian whose statue looks out upon the town's major boulevard, the Promenade.
The orchestra version of "A Spa Overture" can be heard on CD: Sanctuary WHL 2133.
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Divertissement for Solo Clarinet and Band                        Listen                     View      9:20         Med             US $75.00    Purchase
 I. Prelude 
II. Canzonetta
III. Valse Americaine
IV. Tarantelle - Rondeau
Philip Lane; arr. by Paul Noble

"Divertissement" was originally commissioned by clarinetist Verity  Butler in 1994 and first performed by her that year in Cheltenham Town Hall.  The orchestra version, for harp and strings, was made in 2000.  It is a delightful showcase for a clarinet soloist with thematic material quoted throughout in a variety of musical expressions.  The harp (or electronic keyboard) has an important role in this piece.
The orchestra version of "Divertissement for Clarinet, harp & strings" can be heard on CD: Marco Polo 8.225185.
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Three Spanish Dances                                                                            Listen                         View     8:50         Med              US$60.00    Purchase
(For Solo Oboe or Solo Clarinet and Band) 
 1. Malaguena
 2. Habanera
 3. Tango
Philip Lane; arr. by Paul Noble 
These characteristic and expressive dances are written for solo oboe or solo clarinet.  (A creative approach might be to include a dialogue? between 
the two instruments.)  The solo parts are of medium difficulty, with an extended cadenza in the first movement.  The harp part (or electronic 
keyboard or piano) is important, but the work may be performed successfully without harp. The suite may be performed as a set or as individual
pieces.  This is a delightful showcase for the soloist(s), and holds great audience appeal with the typical Spanish rhythms.
The orchestra version of "Three Spanish Dances" can be heard on CD: Sanctuary WHL 2130.
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