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    Alun Hoddinott

    Little Suite

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    Instrument: trumpet and piano
    Grade: difficult
    Catalogue No: 2104
    ISMN No: 9790570271825

    ... Rondino • Arietta • Alla Marcia

    Written in 1988, the three movements that make up this Little Suite show different characteristicsand expression.

    The first movement,Rondino, features a lively solo part in syncopated rhythm, the piano adding a sustained harmonic background, although it does occasionally join in the rhythmic fun.The trumpet sounds quite brilliant from time to time and can be heard playing several passages of triple tongueing.

    Secondly, more gentle music in the Arietta. This time the piano is entirely accompanying, although in no way subordinate, whilst the solo weaves a lyrical melody that sounds clearly through the chordal texture giving the music an almost pastoral quality.

    The Suite ends with a brisk Alla Marcia. Fanfares and march rhythms predominate and both instruments play an equal role in propelling the music to its final cadence.

    Alun Hoddinott
    Alun Hoddinott was born in Bargoed, Glamorganshire, in 1929. His compostional talents developed early, and he won a university scholarshop at the age of sixteen. After graduating from University College, Cardiff, he studied for some years with the Australian composer and pianist, Arthur Benjamin. He was awarded the Walford Davies prize for composition when he was twenty-four, and achieved his first national success a year later when his Clarinet Concerto was given its first performance at the Cheltenham Festival by Gervase de Peyer and the Hallé Orchestra, under Sir John Barbirolli. In 1951 he was appointed lecturer in music at the Welsh College of Music and Drama; he later became lecturer at University College, Cardiff and was made Professor and Head of Department there in 1967.

    Among his many awards were the John Edwards Memorial Award, the Arnold Bax Medal for composers, the Hopkins Medal of the New York St David's Society and the CBE. He was an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, and a Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music.

    Hoddinott achieved a mastery of composition which embraced almost every musical medium. His strong creative urge, stimulated by a tremendous variety of eminent performers, is reflected in a substantial body of works. Essentially chromatic, his music often shows a dark Celtic intensity, manifested in his nocturnal slow movements. Amongst his works are six operas, ten symphonies, many concertos, chamber and choral pieces.

    As Professor of Music at University College, Cardiff, and Artistic Director of the Cardiff Festival, he had considerable influence in awakening interest in contemporary music in South Wales. He also formed close and regular contacts in both the USA and Germany.

    Alun Hoddinott died in Wales in March 2008 at the age of 78.

    Photo credit: Chris Stock, Cardiff

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