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    Chris Hazell


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    Instrument: orchestral brass (score and parts)
    Grade: mediumslightly difficult
    Catalogue No: 2905
    ISMN No: 9790570274499

    Scored for 4 trumpets • 3 horns • 3 trombones (+ euphonium) • tuba • optional percussion
    This set includes additional parts for horn in Eb, trombones in treble clef and Eb bass.

    "When asked what I was going to write about, I looked heavenwards and there, in the vaguest of ways, was my inspiration. The constellation of Orion was shining brightly in a clear night sky. Orion was the mighty hunter of Greek mythology, with his two hunting dogs, Canis Major and Canis Minor. He fell in love with one of the Seven Sisters (the Pleiades star group) but she would have nothing to do with him. One version of the myth says that Orion's life ended tragically when he stepped on a scorpion. The gods felt sorry for him so they put him in the sky with his dogs. Scorpio was banished to the other side of the night sky so Orion could not be hurt again.
    The music doesn't really try to follow this closely, but it's a nice story that gave me a starting point for the three movements."
    Chris Hazell

    ... Canis Major • The Pleiades • Orion
    Chris Hazell
    Chris Hazell studied composition with Herbert Howells at the Royal College of Music before joining the Argo division of Decca in 1973 as a producer. There he continued the legendary recordings of Sir Neville Marriner, Philip Jones, King's College Cambridge and Peter Hurford amongst others. As the Decca Group labels evolved his artist base widened to incorporate such names as Sir Georg Solti, Dame Joan Sutherland, Charles Dutoit and Sir Charles Mackerras, the Berlin, Chicago, and Montreal Symphonies and all the major London Orchestras, becoming Senior Producer in 1992. His many recordings with David Zinman in Baltimore have continued (after he went freelance in 1997) with the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, on their award winning Beethoven Symphony cycle.

    Parallel to this has been his work as arranger and composer. His 'Brass Cats' (written for Philip Jones) is standard repertoire world-wide. He has worked extensively with Dame Kiri te Kanawa, and was both producer and arranger on Bryn Terfel's best-selling Welsh album. He also works regularly with Angela Gheorghiu. He has written music for television, including the title theme for the late Desmond Wilcox's award winning documentary series 'The Visit.'

    He has received many commissions, including large-scale children's choral pieces, having regular performances at major venues such as the Royal Albert Hall.

    He lives near Whipsnade Zoo (not in it!).
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