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Dynasty 2019

Peter Graham’s ‘symphonic poem’ was originally written for the 2019 British Open Championships and is inspired by the musical life of the legendary Harry Mortimer.

The composer describes it as something of ‘a musical adventure story’ – and takes its ‘dynastic’ linear development from Mortimer’s own recollections.

It is a deliberately romanticised story of a player destined from birth to be the ‘best cornet player in England’ – initially driven by his father through to his first major contest experience at Crystal Palace in 1913.

Fred’s own war time experience is recalled, which contrasts with Harry’s own development in theatres and musical hall orchestras and ensembles.

New challenges come as joined by brothers Rex and Alex under their father’s baton they become the stanchion points of the great Foden’s Band of the 1930s, before the baton is passed to Harry on his father’s death.

His playing and conducting successes are recalled through direct and indirect quotation – from ‘Sovereign Heritage’ to ‘Messiah’ with the work ending in a dramatic fugue that closes in a triumphant affirmation of a life of musical glory and achievement.

Composer: Peter Graham
Type: Test Piece

Date Contest Winner
18 Sep 2022 Tasmanian Band Championships (A Grade Brass) Glenorchy City Concert Brass
04 Jun 2022 French Open (Elite Division) Paris Brass Band
07 May 2022 British Open Spring Festival (Grand Shield) Rothwell Temperance
12 Feb 2022 French National Brass Band Championship (Honours Division) Hauts-de-France Brass Band
25 Sep 2021 Swiss Open Brass Band 13 Etoiles
19 Sep 2020 Swiss Open
09 May 2020 British Open Spring Festival (Grand Shield)
01 Dec 2019 Belgian Nationals (Championship Division) Brassband Willebroek
07 Sep 2019 British Open Cory

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