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Score 0-571-56980-3 (fp), and score and parts 0-571-56701-0 on sale

Programme Notes

Vranjanka (pronounced VRAHN-yahn-kah, the title means "From Vranje," a town in southern Serbia) is loosely based on the traditional folksong "Šano Dušo". The melody is extant in two versions, one in 7/8 and one in 3/4. I have chosen the version in 7/8 and in doing so, have extended the melodic ideas of the original with new material. The musical form of the piece is as follows; a fairly slow introductory section where the theme is only hinted at but never heard and a faster second section cast in a set of variations on the folksong. These are not variations in the traditional sense, with clearly marked beginnings and endings, but ongoing developments of the various melodic material in the folksong with original material 'growing out' along side. The text for Vranjanka influenced the composition more often than not at an unconscious level, but it is included here for reference: Sana, my soul, opens the door to me, Open the door to me and I will give you coins. My heart is burning for you, Sana. Your fair face, Sana, is snow from the mountains, Your forehead, Sana, is like moonlight. That mouth of yours, Sana, like a deep red sunset, That eye, my darling, makes me burn. When night comes, marvellous Sana, I twist in sadness, Your beauty, Sana, will not let me sleep. Vranjanka was commissioned by Timothy and Hilary Reynish in memory of their son William.

Vranjanka

Royal Northern College of Music Concert Hall (Manchester, United Kingdom)

RNCM Wind Orchestra

Vranjanka

Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, United Kingdom)

RNCM Wind Orchestra, Timothy Reynish

Vranjanka

Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, United Kingdom)

RNCM Wind Orchestra, Mark Heron

Vranjanka

Recital Studio, Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, University of Singapore (Singapore, Singapore)

Philharmonic Winds, Timothy Reynish

Vranjanka

Concert Hall, Showa College of Music (Kawasaki, Japan)

Eugene M. Corporon, Showa Wind Symphony