Catalogue 4
"Masquerade Suite" (1-5) is listed in the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association Manual as approved Festival repertoire, Grade VI, and accepted by the Maryland Music Educators Association as Grade VI (play any three mvmts.) Thank you, VBODA and MMEA.

                                  Masquerade Suite 1. Holberg Overture      Listen               View         4:30       Adv.          US$50.00          Purchase

                                  Masquerade Suite 2. Hanedansen                 Listen               View         3:45       Adv.          US$50.00          Purchase

                                  Masquerade Suite 3. Arietta                         Listen              View​         4:45    Med-Easy    US$50.00          Purchase

                                  Masquerade Suite 4. Molinasque                Listen              View          3:00    Med-Adv     US$50.00        Purchase

                                  Masquerade Suite 5. Kehraus                          Listen                View          1:15   Med-Easy     US$35.00         Purchase

Masquerade Suite was composed by Johan Halvorsen, one of the best-kept secrets of Norway. Not only was he an accomplished violinist and conductor, but also he was among the most prominent Norwegian composers in the generation following Edvard Grieg. His compositions develop the national Romantic tradition of his friends Grieg and Svendsen, but his was a distinctive style marked by brilliant orchestration inspired by the French Romantic composers.

The original version of Masquerade Suite had nine movements. Paul Noble has selected five of the most suitable movements for band transcription and grouped them into this beautiful suite. The U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C. gave the premiere performance of this work, with the audio tracks featured here. The first movement, Holberg Overture, sets the mood, pace, and musical themes for the entire suite, with rousing opening themes, followed by a grand fugue in the development section. This is clearly a piece for accomplished bands, giving all wind players a real workout. Each of the succeeding movements has a distinctive style, making the suite a significant addition to the repertoire of the Concert Band. Especially noteworthy is the Arietta, the easiest of the movements, and can easily stand alone with its haunting flute and oboe melodies and dramatic crescendo, the crisp solos in the "Molinasque", and the final movement, which is very much like a circus march, fast, lively and short!

Arietta, from "Masquerade Suite"                                Listen                      View         4:45   Med-Easy    US$25.00           Purchase
for Saxophone Quintet 

The original orchestration for "Arietta" was for five-part strings alone, which lends itself well for transcribing to other wind sections. The piece works very well for saxophone quintet, and is scored for the standard 2 alto saxes, 2 tenor saxes, and one baritone sax, with the option of replacing alto sax 1 with soprano sax. It presents an opportunity for expressive playing, featuring the classical interpretation of grace notes and mordents, with its haunting melody and dramatic crescendo. This piece will add significantly to the classical repertoire of the saxophone section.

A Carol Symphony (Complete)                                                                      ca. 25:00   Med to Adv.  US$350.00        Purchase 
Victor Hely-Hutchinson                                                                                           
                                     Victor Hely-Hutchinson is best known for his Carol Symphony, composed in 1927, from which the third movement was used for the 
                                     title  music of the 1943 Children's Hour and 1984 BBC children's television adaptation of John Masefield's The Box of Delights, in 
                                     particular the variation on the theme of The First Nowell. The first movement is based on O come, all ye faithful, with the second 
                                     movement being based on God rest ye merry Gentlemen. The third movement includes The Coventry Carol and The First Nowell, with
                                     the final movement concluding with Here we come a-wassailing and a return to O come, all ye faithful. The movements may be performed
                                     separately.  This arrangement for Concert Band adds not only another new seasonal offering, but a very strong piece for advanced bands 
                                     around the world.

A Carol Symphony, 1st movement                                 Listen           View      4:20    Med/Adv.       US$95.00         Purchase

A Carol Symphony, 2nd movement                              Listen           View      6:20    Adv.                 US$95.00         Purchase

A Carol Symphony, 3rd movement                                Listen           View      8:40    Med.                 US$95.00        Purchase

A Carol Symphony, 4th movement                                Listen            View      5:45    Med/Adv.       US$95.00         Purchase      

Victor Hely-Hutchinson was one of the most prodigiously talented British musicians of the early twentieth century. The youngest son of Sir Walter Hely-Hutchinson, the last governor of Cape Colony, South Africa, he proved a musical prodigy, mimicking in voice the notes that his mother played to him on the piano before he could speak. Read more - - 
A Sousa Celebration                                                                     Listen            View        7:30    Med.                US$150.00      Purchase  
                                   A Sousa Celebration is the arranger's collection of excerpts from several of Sousa's interesting marches, creating a
                                   patriotic presentation of greater length than the typical march. This selection includes a variety of content, offering
                                   a showpiece to several sections of the band: Hail to the Spirit of Liberty, composed for the Paris Exposition of
                                   1900, for the unveiling of the Lafayette Monument on July 4; Yorktown Centennial (1881), written to
                                   commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the last important battle of the Revolutionary War: the surrender at
                                   Yorktown; Mother Hubbard March (1885), based on nursery rhymes; "Three Blind Mice," "Thus the Farmer Sows
                                   His Seed," "Old Mother Hubbard," "Hey Diddle Diddle," "Little Redbird in the Tree," "London Bridge is Falling Down,"
                                   "Scotland the Brave," and "The Minstrel Boy." The celebration concludes with excerpts from Sousa's most
                                   celebrated march, The Stars and Stripes Forever.
English Dance Suite, Opus 139 - 7 movements - John Gardner (1917-2011)
                         The English Dance Suite was originally composed by John Gardner for Wind Band, and has been re-set for the modern Concert Band
                                 instrumentation. Both the original version, edited and type-set by Paul Noble, and this arrangement are first editions now available for
                                 purchase to bands around the world. The set of seven Renaissance dances depict John Gardner's love of Scottish music, the Renaissance 
                                 heritage, and some of his own mischievous approach to music. Read more - - -
                                 The Gardner Estate is celebrating 2017 as the centenary year of John Gardner, and an effort is made to present his music as a special
                                  memorial to his lifelong contributions to music. 
 John Gardner was one of the English composers who defied the serialist tide of the 1950s and 60s, sustaining the romantic tradition still to be found in the music of Vaughan Williams, Gordon Jacob and William Walton. The urbane wit and impeccable craftsmanship of Walton in particular found an echo in Gardner's music.  He is regarded as one of the best composers Britain has produced in the past century.   Read more  - - -

English Dance Suite, Original version - This version has been type-set precisely from the original hand-written score by Gardner, with the purpose of preserving this historical document for posterity.  It is playable as is, but the instrumentation and scoring are representative of the time: several 1st and 2nd parts are on the same staff, scoring for two trumpets and three cornets, limited doubling of parts, etc.  The complete suite of seven movements is available to purchase.                                                                                                                 View        25:00    Easy/Adv.    US$375.00    Purchase

English Dance Suite, Revised arrangement - Arranged for the modern Concert/Wind Band, scored for three trumpets, reasonable doubling of parts where the original musical effect is not altered so that players can have a more responsible and enjoyable experience, more legible parts with less doubling on one staff, etc.  The piece is offered either as a complete suite of seven movements, and also as seven individual movements which may be purchased independently.                                                                                      Complete Set                           25:00   Easy/Adv.    US$375.00   Purchase
English Dance Suite, I Chacony on a Golden Theme (full ensemble)   Listen  View    4:15   Med.             US$ 95.00    Purchase
English Dance SuiteII Alman                                   (full ensemble)   Listen  View    3:15   Med.             US$ 50.00    Purchase
English Dance Suite, III Hornpipe                             (full ensemble)   Listen  View    3:25   Med/Adv     US$ 75.00    Purchase
English Dance Suite, IV Corranto                          (ww.; hns.; tuba)    Listen  View    4:55   Med.             US$ 60.00    Purchase 
English Dance Suite, V Volta                                       (3 tpts.; 3 trb.)    Listen  View    1:25   Med.             US$ 50.00    Purchase
English Dance Suite, VI Pavan                                  (full ensemble)    Listen  View    4:35   Easy              US$ 40.00    Purchase
English Dance Suite, VII Reel                                    (full ensemble)    Listen  View    4:10   Adv.             US$ 95.00    Purchase
​ I was glad when they said unto me                                Listen             View      7:00     Med.                US$75.00       Purchase
C. Hubert Hastings Parry;  arranged by Paul Noble
                                      Performed in concert by the "Stadtmusik Zurich" and "Akademischer Chor Zurich", Niki Wuthrich, Director
                                     Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848 – 1918) was an English composer, teacher and historian of music.
                                      Parry's first major works appeared in 1880. As a composer he is best known for "Jerusalem", the                                       coronation anthem "I was glad", the choral and orchestral ode "Blest Pair of Sirens", and "Repton", which                                                      sets the words "Dear Lord and Father of Mankind".   Parry was taken up by George Grove, first as
                                     a contributor to Grove's massive Dictionary of Music and Musicians in the 1870s and 80s, and then in 
                                    1883  as professor of composition and musical history at the R as professor of composition and musical history
                                    at the Royal College of Music, of which Grove was the  first head. In 1895 Parry succeeded Grove as head of the College, remaining in the post for the rest of his life. Parry's influence on later composers is widely recognised. Edward Elgar learned much of his craft from Parry's articles in Grove's Dictionary, and among those who studied under Parry at the Royal College were Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, Frank Bridge and John Ireland.
​British Isles Medley                                                              Listen           View      6:00       Med.              US$60.00            Purchase
Paul Leddington Wright; arr. by Paul Noble

                                         Paul Leddington Wright is a conductor, organist, composer and arranger, whose lifelong love of sacred and
                                    classical music has always been matched by his passion for musical theatre and opera. Over 25 years of 
                                    work for BBC radio and television have seen countless collaborations with an eclectic mix of people, 
                                    involving numerous musical genres in often challenging locations. Recently he was honoured for his 30th
                                    anniversary of conducting the BBC “The Big Sing” at Royal Albert Hall in London.
                                   He is equally at home in the orchestra pit or on a Cathedral organ bench, and enjoys working with youth
                                   and adult choirs as much as with amateur and professional orchestras. Though he still travels the world 
                                   making music, his strong association with Coventry endures, as he continues to work as a member of the Cathedral's music staff and as conductor of the Saint Michael's Singers.

British Isles Medley was aranged for performance for the BBC The Big Sing, an annually televised concert from the Royal Albert Hall in London. The medley includes four hymns: Guide me, O thou great redeemer; I cannot tell (Londonderry Air); Spirit of God; and Jerusalem. This arrangement for Concert Band may be performed with or without a choir.
Rondo in E-Flat                                                                         Listen            View       2:40    Med./Easy       US$50.00           Purchase
John Bull
This arrangement for Concert Band is based on the organ adaptation (Rondo in D) of the string orchestration (Rondo in G).  Regardless of the key, it is a delightful piece representing music of the late Renaissance that recalls the English folk dances of an earlier century. An excellent teaching piece for 6/8 meter and rondo form, this presentation in E-flat falls comfortably under the fingers of band instrumentalists. The music is attributed to John Bull, but may have been written much later by noted organist, Richard Ellsasser.
Toccata, from Symphony No. 5                                                 Listen              View     5:50    Adv.                 US$75.00          Purchase
Charles-Marie Widor     Performed by the Wheaton Municipal Band, Wheaton, IL, Dr. Bruce Moss, conductor. 
The Toccata from Symphony No. 5 has become a favorite showpiece of master organists, and is the first of the toccatas characteristic of French Romantic organ music. This Concert Band arrangement is faithful to the original score, with the woodwind arpeggios segmented and presented divisi to facilitate the technical demands. The power and magnitude of this composition lends itself well to the medium of the Concert Band.
Nun danket alle Gott                                                                        Listen            View        4:00    Med./Easy      US$50.00            Purchase
Sigfrid Karg-Elert        Performed by the Indiana University Wind Ensemble, Prof. Stephen Pratt, conductor.                                                                           Sigfrid Karg-Elert, (1877 - 1933), was one of the principal German composers for organ of his generation.  He studied at the Leipzig Conservatory, and in 1919 he became a member of the staff there.  Music for organ has been a worthy source of arrangements  for the Wind Band, and this piece is among his most famous works for the instrument.
Jerusalem                                                                                       Listen             View       2:30   Med./Easy      US$45.00            Purchase
C. Hubert Hastings-Parry
Possibly the most English of all hymns, 'Jerusalem', with words by William Blake and Music written by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry. By many it is considered the unofficial anthem of England.  Interestingly by some within the Church, Jerusalem they say is in fact not a hymn due to it not being a prayer or praising God.  As such it has been removed from hymn lists, most notably at Southwark Cathedral.  
Caramba!                                                                                                      Listen              View        7:30        Adv.          US$75.00           Purchase
William Blezard; arr. by Paul Noble 

"Caramba!" is a composition by the British Light Music composer William Blezard (1921-2003) who enjoyed a varied musical life. After studies at the Royal College of Music with Arthur Benjamin, Herbert Howells and Gordon Jacob, he worked first at Denham studios before heading to the West End. Much of his subsequent career revolved around the theatre where he was well regarded as an accompanist and musical director. Some of the big names he has worked with include Honor Blackman, Marlene Dietrich, Max Wall and Joyce Grenfell.

Blezard began writing "Caramba!" during a tour of New Zealand. Yet the musical basis of this work is about as far away from Kiwi culture as one can get. The word 'Caramba' has several translations from the Spanish, including "Dear Me!", or "Goodness Me!", or perhaps more colloquially, "Golly", or even "Holy cow!". The entire work has an exotic feel to it that is so suggestive of things Spanish or Latin American. This is helped by the extensive use of percussion, and of course the brass is pure Latin American dance style. The demanding piano part is featured as almost a 'concertante'. In the Concert Band arrangement, the piano is highly desirable to replicate the original score, but the arrangement includes enough doubling and a short cut to make the piece entirely playable without the piano. "Caramba!" has all the hallmarks of a great piece of concert music that pleases as well as excites. For bands that want a challenge that is sure to bring an audience to its feet, "Caramba!" is the piece!
Outward Bound                                                                                      Listen            View       4:50     Med.Adv.      US$50.00          Purchase
Matthew Curtis; arr. by Paul Noble 
                                   Matthew Curtis was born in Embleton, Cumbria in 1959. He studied the piano, organ and musical theory with local teachers,
                                   but as a composer and orchestrator is essentially self-taught. He began composing actively at about the age of 15, and it was
                                   while he was a student at Worcester College, Oxford (where he read classics) that his work, including a symphony, first began
                                   to receive public performance.  On leaving university he was introduced to the late Alan Owen, a composer and BBC radio 
                                   staff producer, who took an interest in his music. This led to numerous broadcasts of his work from 1982 onward in the UK,
                                   notably BBC Radio, and in several other countries. In 2001 he came to the notice of the composer and record producer Philip
                                   Lane, resulting in a significant discography and over 8 hours of music recorded.

Matthew's output ranges from short orchestral pieces in the British light music tradition to more substantial works for orchestra, chamber music, songs and choral works. Campion Cameo ( has released four discs of his orchestral music and a disc of his songs. In addition Matthew has contributed works to the critically acclaimed ASV White Line series of British light music.

Matthew's music, notable for its melody and orchestral colouring, reflects his conviction, continually reinforced by experience, that the possibilities of traditional tonality and form are far from exhausted and there remains a great longing for more accessible contemporary classical music among performers and audiences alike.

"Outward Bound" is a spirited concert march, filled with energy, melody, excitement, and a piccolo solo in the grandest tradition. It is sure to become a favorite for bands worldwide!

Holiday Mood                                                                                          Listen             View          4:20        Adv        US$55.00           Purchase
Matthew Curtis;  arr. by Paul Noble

Performed by the Birmingham (U.K.) Symphonic Winds, Keith Allen, Conductor
Paths to Urbino (Symphonic Suite) owes its name to a walking tour in which I participated in spring 1995 in the Marche, a region of north eastern Italy about 120 miles south of Venice unjustly but mercifully neglected by mass-tourism. At the time I was inspired more with the idea of writing a musical account of the trip than with any specific thematic material. Holiday Mood is an exuberant introduction, largely constructed on a characteristic two-bar rhythm (6/8 alternating with 2/4, disturbed by the occasional 2/8). Matthew Curtis
Fiesta                                                                                                                  View​          6:10        Adv.       US$75.00            Purchase
Matthew Curtis; arr. by Paul Noble

"Despite its Spanish title, the concert overture "Fiesta" is really Italian, recalling a festival that I saw several times as a child in the late 1960s
 while holidaying in a village at the southern tip of the bay of Naples.  The date is August 15, the occasion the feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, celebrated with colourful processions and ritual (some, one imagines, pre-Christian in origin), all rounded off with brass bands and home-made fireworks."  MC

"Fiesta" was originally written for the orchestra of St. Paul's School in London,  It has had performances in London's Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Royal Festival Hall where it opened a live broadcast concert in the BBC's International Festival of Light Music, and has made intermittent appearances on the radio ever since.  This arrangement for Wind Band will make an excellent festival opener for accomplished bands, and is a sure crowd pleaser with its dynamic flare and energy.
 Ring in the new                                                                                  Listen           View        5:30         Med./Adv.         US$60.00            Purchase
 Matthew Curtis; arr. by Paul Noble

“Ring in the New” is presented as a Concert Overture, but could also be presented equally as a Concert March. It is a perfect example of Matthew Curtis’ compositional technique, so well crafted and beautifully orchestrated. This piece of British Light Music will surely delight audiences and challenge bands to show off their best technique and musical understanding.
Amsterdam Suite (Complete)                                                                             19:30         Adv.               US$165.00     Purchase        
Matthew Curtis;  arr. by Paul Noble
                                                             I. Barrel Organs              Listen        View          6:30        Adv.               US$60.00        Purchase
                                                           II.  Lonely City                  Listen        View          7:50       Med/Adv.       US$60.00        Purchase                                                                 III. Trams and Crowds        Listen        View          5:10        Adv.               US$60.00        Purchase 

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“The ‘Amsterdam Suite’, written in 1995, seeks to convey some impressions of a city that I have visited several times. It opens with the waltz sequence ‘Barrel Organs’, recalling the hurdy-gurdies positioned at strategic points in the city with the aim of parting tourists from their loose change. The tunes, however, are mine rather than an attempt to reproduce the real thing. “Amsterdam takes its Saturday nights seriously, with the result that those who get up (or are still up) on Sunday will find themselves in eerily deserted street, whose atmosphere to me suggests one instrument above all – the saxophone – which plays a prominent part in ‘Lonely City’. The Saturday nights themselves are depicted in ‘Trams and Crowds’. I have taken liberties with the chronology for the obvious musical reason of wanting to go out with a bang rather than a whimper. The basic structure is very much that used by Eric Coates for similar pieces – a bustling outer section with a quick march trio, presented in a fuller and more embellished orchestration on each of its three appearances.” MC
The New Spirit of '76  - A Bicentennial March
Katheryn McCall Noblitt - arranged by Paul Noble
​                                                                                                  Listen           View          2:20     Med./Easy        US$50.00       Purchase                                              Performed by the Vernon Hills High School Wind Ensemble, Vernon Hills, Illinois, Randy Sundell, Conductor
​                              Katheryn McCall Noblitt (1909-2000), an accomplished pianist, composer, and piano teacher, was born and raised in
                              Marion, North Carolina, a small town at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She graduated summa cum laude 
                              from Greensboro College in 1930, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music.  The Noblitts moved to Reidsville, North 
                             Carolina in 1976, where Mrs. Noblitt, with her outgoing personality and perpetual smile, taught private piano students 
                             and was known for her volunteer work and community service until her death. A prolific composer of nearly 200 works,
                             including piano solos and ensembles, vocal solos and ensembles, musical suites, and words for most of her pieces, she won 
several music awards, was named in a number of Who’s Who publications, and was active in numerous music associations.
Though never before published, The New Spirit of '76 march is perhaps Mrs. Noblitt’s best known piece, and was among her favorites. Originally composed in 1947 as a piano solo, in 1975, in anticipation of our nation’s Bicentennial celebration, she composed a second-piano part for two additional players, wrote patriotic words in both two-part and four-part harmony, and subtitled it “A Bicentennial March -- The New Spirit of Seventy-Six". The melodies are so well-crafted that they seem very familiar. This arrangement includes short quotations from other Bicentennial favorites - 'The Star-Spangled Banner", "Battle Hymn of the Republic", "Dixie", and "Yankee Doodle". Dr. Noble directed its premiere performance in 1976 during a music festival, followed by performances with the 500-member Virginia Bicentennial Band and Marching Chorus in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Alexandria VA and other cities.