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Progress March

for symphonic band

Year:  2010   ·  Duration:  8m
Instrumentation:  picc, 3 fl, ob, 3 cl, bass cl, 2 alto sax, tenor sax, bar sax, 2 hn, 2 tpt, tbn, euph, tuba, timp, 3 perc.

Year:  2010
Duration:  8m
Instrumentation  picc, 3 fl, ob, 3 cl, bass ...

Chris Adams

Composer:   Chris Adams

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Sample Score

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a politically inspired pilgrimage from from naivety to cynicism travelled through wittily twined and increasingly dour revisions of anthems with dwindling heraldic phrases.” – Marian Poole, Otago Daily Times

When writing Progress March I became increasingly distressed at the direction that the current leadership (NACT) in our country is taking us. The dissolution of elected representatives of Environment Canterbury (ECAN) and power to alter Water Conservation Orders by the government appointed commissioners – all for short-term commercial interests; potential mining of schedule 4 areas of our National parks; the mess that is the Auckland Supercity; continued attacks and underfunding of Radio New Zealand; and a litany of other abuses by our supposedly representative politicians have all saddened me. Progress March celebrates greed and misuse of power using original material as well as fragments of God Defend New Zealand, the Star Spangled Banner and Sumer is Icumen In, a 13th Century song celebrating the bucolic joys associated with the arrival of summer.

Chris Adams

Commissioned note

Written for the Otago Symphonic Band

Performance history

15 May 2010: Black Magic