De Falla's 'Ritual Fire Dance' from the ballet 'El Amor Brujo' (Love the Magician), is probably his most popular work, made famous by the pianist Arthur Rubinstein (1887 - 1982), who used it as an encore. The composer, frustrated with Spanish musical life, had moved to Paris in 1907, rubbing shoulders with the city's finest musicians and absorbing new ideas, only returning to Spain at the outbreak of war in 1914. Finished in 1915 and described as a 'gypsy ballet' set in Granada, de Falla uses not only flamenco influences, but some of the more radical techniques he had learned in France. With its trills, ornaments and overt exoticism, the 'Ritual Fire Dance' describes the wild frenzy of the heroine in front of a fire, desperately attempting to drive out the thoughts of her dead lover.
This arrangement was recorded by The Symphonic Brass of London on their album 'A Bridge Over the Pyrenees' which composer Joby Talbot described thus:
"Superb playing from living legends of the London orchestral brass scene. In these fantastic arrangements it's sometimes hard to believe these pieces weren't originally scored for brass. The musicianship throughout is second to none & the sound is an absolute treat."
Scored for 3 trumpets flugel horn in Bb horn 1 in F horn 2 in F (alternative for trombone 1) 3 trombones bass trombone tuba
Eric Crees is one of the most distinguished trombonists, arrangers and educators in the UK. He was Co-Principal Trombone in the London Symphony Orchestra for twenty-seven years and from 2000 until 2020 was Section Principal Trombone with the Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He has played on many of the most iconic film tracks, including the first four 'Star Wars', 'Superman' 1&2, 'Harry Potter' 1,2&3, 'Braveheart', 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' and dozens more.
Eric has taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London since 1977 and in 2014 was awarded two prestigious honours, Conferment to Professor at the Guildhall and the International Trombone Association's Neil Humfeld Award for Teaching Excellence. He is internationally recognised as a conductor and arranger of brass music at the highest level and has been the Musical Director of London Symphony Orchestra Brass and the Brass Soloists of the Royal Opera House and made seven CDs with them, mainly of his own compositions, arrangements and editions. He is now Artistic Director of his own group, The Symphonic Brass of London and has released two albums with them, 'A Bridge across the Pyrenees' and 'Preludes, Rags and Cakewalks'.
For more information see the two websites: ericcrees.co.uk