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The Lost Land of Tristan and Isuelt

By Simon Dobson

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The Lost Land of Tristan and Isuelt. Composed by Simon Dobson (1981-). 5 or More; Brass Band; Performance Music Ensemble; Solo Small Ensembles. Faber Edition. 20th Century; Masterwork. Score. Faber Music #12-0571568459. Published by Faber Music (AP.12-0571568459).

Item Number: AP.12-0571568459

ISBN 9780571568451. English.

To stand on the tip of Lands End and look out towards the Isles of Scilly is to view the remains of a once thriving kingdom. Lyonesse, like Plato's 'Atlantis,' is the tale of a legendary sunken land. Steeped in Cornish folklore and mystery, it was said to have connected the tip of Lands end to the Isles of Scilly. Over a thousand years ago this land was said to have been ruled by Tristan, the Cornish prince who had inherited Lyonesse. Many stories have grown around this one character alone, including Wagner's own epic tale 'Tristan und Isolde.' The people of the land were said to have been known for the their piety, hard work and devotion to romantic beliefs, and indeed legend states that Lyonesse had over one hundred and forty churches and chapels, each with their own distinctive peal of bells. This is where Dobson's piece begins.There are walls that inexplicably lead down into the sea from Lands End and Samson (Scillies), and fishermen have told stories of dredging up roof slates, windows and even doors whilst casting around 'The Seven Stones' (know in Cornish as 'Tregva' or in English 'the Town'), which themselves are reputed to carry Latin inscriptions telling of a lost land under the ocean. The most haunting part of the myth is that even to this day at Lands End on still, cold, cloudless nights, many have told of hearing the drowned church bells of Lyonesse mournfully ringing their songs of worship.Lyonesse has been commissioned as the test piece for the Finals of the National Youth Brass Band Championships to be held in Manchester in April 2005.

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