Derek Bourgeois was born in Dulwich, studied music at Cambridge, and His Serenade has become very popular in an arrangement for brass band, but it was . Bourgeois was at his best in shorter works, often for wind and brass bands, such as the . Derek Bourgeois’ Serenade, here for brass band. Sheet Music – £ – Derek Bourgeois’ Serenade for Organ is published here as [part of the excellent G & M Brand British Music Publishers catalogue.

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His introduction to the brass band world came inas the conductor of the Sun Life now Stanshawe Band in Bristol, and 10 years later he became artistic director of the Bristol Philharmonic Orchestra. His less ‘serious’ works incude a ‘Wine’ Symphony and a Cantata Gastronomica.

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Though his music received little critical acclaim, players and audiences loved its tunefulness and harmonic richness, and continue to do so. His Serenade has become very popular in an arrangement for brass band, but it was composed as an organ piece, a bridal march for his own wedding.

Serenade by Derek Bourgeois

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A hugely prolific composer, he had the same knack for turning a memorable tune, a Waltonian sense of grandeur and a delight in infusing humour into his music whenever he could. Serenade, Op 22 composer. Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats.


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Some of the humour was more subtle: Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first. When interviewed by Alan Rusbridger for the Guardian inBourgeois said: Bourgeois taught as a lecturer in music at Bristol University fromleaving in serenaee become director of music for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, a post he held until Update Required To play sreenade media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

Spain University of Bristol obituaries. After gaining a first-class degree in music and a doctorate at Magdalene College, Cambridge, he studied for two years at the Royal College of Music, London, with Howells for composition and Adrian Boult for conducting.

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Serenade by Derek Bourgeois – Wind Band Literature

Bourgeois was at his best in shorter works, often for wind and brass bands, such as the Green Dragon Overturewhich — like many of his works — exists in versions for full orchestra and wind ensemblethe delightful Bourgeoiawritten originally for organ in order to be played at his wedding or Blitzone of a number of test pieces written for brass band competitions. His first wife, Jean Berrywhom he had married inwas dying of motor neurone disease, and he was suffering from cancer. Introduction English Derek Bourgeois was born in Sedenade, studied music at Cambridge, and lectured in music at Bristol University for some years before becoming Director of the National Youth Orchestra.


His final four works — all composed this year — are wholly representative: If there was a natural successor as a composer to Malcolm Arnoldit was Derek Bourgeois, who has died aged It is the sound of steel drums that comes to mind, though, as the music unfolds, for this march swings in Caribbean style.

The outright record goes blurgeois the Finnish composer Leif Segerstamwith so far more than Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. As the number of beats in a bar becomes increasingly odd, the listener is left wondering whether the music was designed to amuse the composer’s musical bride as she walked up the aisle, or confuse his eminent Director of Studies who was in the congregation.

September Total duration: As a composer his energy is directed into major forms such as the symphony, oratorio and sonata, serejade he also has time for a joke in derei true Haydn tradition and a sense of joie de vivre. Born in Kingston upon Thames, south-west London, Derek was the son of David Bourgeois, a company director, and his wife, Dinah nee Fordand attended Cranleigh school in Surrey, where he would later work as a music teacher.

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