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Ides March

By Derek Bremel

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Concert Band Wind Band
Composed by Derek Bremel. 5 or More; Performance Music Ensemble; Solo Small Ensembles; Wind Band. Faber Edition: Faber Wind Band Series. 20th Century; Masterwork. Part(s); Score. Faber Music #12-0571564887. Published by Faber Music (AP.12-0571564887).

Item Number: AP.12-0571564887

ISBN 9780571564880. English.

Ides March was commissioned by William Brine in 1990, Bermel's first commission. Brine requested that the work be a march suitable for performance at both a wedding and a funeral. Although originally titled Brine's March, when the composer learned that the march was to receive its premiere on 15 March, he changed the title to Ides March in a humorous nod to the Shakespearean admonition Beware the Ides of March; in his youthful view a sentiment appropriate for either a wedding or a funeral. However, a line from Cole Porter was the inspiration behind the major key to minor key interplay of the work: 'What could be any finer? But how strange the change from major to minor, every time we say goodbye', a line that captured the composer's attempt to write a march that did justice to both the melancholy and triumphant.

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