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A Long Time Ago

for concert band

Year:  2006   ·  Duration:  1m 45s
Instrumentation:  flute and optional piccolo, oboe, clarinet 1, 2 and 3, alto clarinet, bass clarinet; alto saxophone 1 and 2, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet 1 and 2, horn in F, trombone, baritone, tuba, bass; percussion

Year:  2006
Duration:  1m 45s
Instrumentation  flute and optional piccolo,...

David Hamilton

Composer:   David Hamilton


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This arrangement is based on a previous arrangement of the piece, which I had made for various combination. It was made 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.

My source for some of the folk song arrangements I’ve made is Neil Colquhoun’s collection Songs of a Young Country: New Zealand Folksongs published over thirty years ago.

Performance history

08 Apr 2010: 2010 BOP Music School