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  • A Time There Was
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    arr Edward Chance

    A Time There Was

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    Instrument: ten brass (score and parts)
    Grade: difficult
    Catalogue No: EB027
    ISMN No: 9790570278619

    Scored for ten brass.

    I first heard the traditional melody on which the first and last movements are based on an album by the progressive rock band Gryphon, who title it "The Unquiet Grave". It is thought to date from the fifteenth century, and deals with a young man's grief over the death of his lover, and a "year and a day" spent mourning at her grave until she tells him to leave her in peace and enjoy life while he has it.

    The melody has been used by many composers and artists. It is clearly a haunting refrain, Vaughan Williams having set it as "How Cold the Wind doth Blow" in several different arrangements. This treatment for brass is hopefully respectful of the melody's antiquity. On a more cheerful note, the second and third movements are based on an equally ancient melody, Kemp's Jig, used both in its original form and in a triple time version.
    Edward Chance
    Edward Chance was born in St Albans, England, started piano lessons at the age of seven and began playing the euphonium in the St. Albans Salvation Army Junior Band at the age of nine. He attended St. Peter`s Primary School and The St.Albans Boys` Grammar School (now Verulam) and The Watford School Of Music. At the age of 15 he won the National Junior Chromatic Harmonica Championship.

    At Nottingham University he became president of the Music Society and conducted the Chamber Orchestra. Graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree, he was awarded a Vaughan Williams Trust Scholarship to study French Horn with Ifor James at the Royal Academy Of Music, where he won the Ella Mary Jacob Prize and the Musicians' Union Award.

    After a year in Bristol as co-principal horn with the BBC Training Orchestra, he began working in London's thriving freelance scene with many of the symphony, opera and chamber orchestras, especially the Royal Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra, with whom he travelled extensively around Europe, United States and Japan. He was appointed principal horn of both the Orchestra Of St. John's Smith Square and the English Sinfonia with which orchestras he also appeared as soloist. Working in the studio with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, he played on the recordings of many film scores, including several by Jerry Goldsmith and Henry Mancini, and on various television shows, rock albums and videos.

    For nine years he was brass section coach for the Cambridgeshire County Youth Orchestra, for whom the first of his brass works were written, travelling abroad with them and directing in chamber concerts. He now combines a busy and varied concert schedule with writing, arranging, coaching and teaching. He and was Chamber Music and Horn coach this year on the faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Summer School in Southern California, also performing in their Chamber Recital Series.

    Hobbies include cooking, Classical Latin and computers.
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