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Within the Castle Walls

Songs of Welsh Revolution

By Brian Balmages

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Within the Castle Walls (Songs of Welsh Revolution). Composed by Brian Balmages. For symphonic band. Band. FJH Concert Band. Grade 3. Score and parts. Duration 8 minutes. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.B1509).

This four-movement suite is based on a collection of Welsh songs inspired by war and revolution. The first movement, A Mighty Warrior, uses a folk song surrounded by original material, much in the style of Grainger. The second movement, Over the Stone, is lyrical and longing, reflecting a warrior who returns from battle. Men of Harlech brings strong tones of pride and nationalism before the final movement, Owain Glyndwr's War Song. Several high-pitched snare drums create the sound of a Welsh drum corps as the music brings the entire work to a dynamic close.

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