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Across the Line

for concert band

Year:  2006   ·  Duration:  2m 10s
Instrumentation:  Fl (opt. picc.), Ob, Cl 1, 2 and 3, Alto Cl, Bass Cl; Alto Sax. 1 & 2, Tenor Sax, Bari. Sax; Tpt. 1 and 2, Hn in F, Trb., Baritone, Tba, Bass; 5 Perc. (sn.dr, bs.dr, tri., tamb., susp.cym, glock., xylo., timp.)

Year:  2006
Duration:  2m 10s
Instrumentation  Fl (opt. picc.), Ob, Cl 1, ...

David Hamilton

Composer:   David Hamilton


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This arrangement is based on a previous arrangement of the piece, written for my ex-colleague Mary Siew and her band at Shanghai American School prior to a planned visit there in early 2007.

New Zealand is too young a country to have a true 'folk' tradition and much traditional folk music is really variants of earlier British songs, often with local names and places substituted for the originals. In this piece it deals with the seas and the lives of sailors.

Contents note

  1. Across the Line
  2. Friendly Road
  3. A Long Time Ago

Text note

Text from anonymous folk songs from Neil Colquhon's collection Songs of a Young Country: New Zealand Folksongs

Performance history

08 Apr 2010: 2010 BOP Music School