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The Four Temperaments

By Robert Simpson

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Brass Band - Advanced
Composed by Robert Simpson (1921-1997). A symphony in all but name. Serious Concert. Instrumental Parts. With Standard Notation. Duration 22:00. Published by Winwood Music (WO.0032PTS).

Item Number: WO.0032PTS

The Four Temperaments was commissioned by the Yorkshire Imperial Band and first performed by them in 1983. The suite depicts the four traditional temperaments, as Nielsen had done in his second symphony: Sanguine, Phlegmatic, Melancholic, and Choleric, though each movement stands up as absolute music. The composer has said of The Four Temperaments: 'The Melancholic wants to be broad, warm and grand, without haste or hysteria. As for the rest, it should go like a bomb.' It does!

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