Croft Music

Catalogue of compositions and arrangements 

Marches

   
Score

Parts
Queen's Baton An original march for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.  Traditional structure with an optional trio section.  Lasts 2'20" without the trio and DC, 6'02" with. Not difficult.
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Duncarnock  ..is a traditional march, named after a hill near the town of Neilston, home of Croft Music. Not difficult.   4 mins   image of loudspeaker
The Loony Dook
(from Queensferry Suite)
Every New Year's Day, some hardy individuals run into the icy waters of the Forth for a "dook". They are loonies. This is their march. 
Listen to MP3 here  2' 42"
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The Majorette If you've seen a band of Majorettes in the street, then you know what inspired this march.  Easy   3’ 30”               image of loudspeaker
Opening Credits  ....is a dark thriller of a piece in 12/8 time, with a fast and rhythmically insistent opening and contrasting romantic middle theme. Music for an imaginary film.  4’ 30”  image of loudspeaker
The Pudding Club  ...is based in a hotel in the Cotswolds. If you go, you have to eat 7 puddings in one sitting! Fanfares, jovial themes, and stately Parade of the Puddings.  3’ 05”                              image of loudspeaker
The Red Clydesider ... is a traditional march, incorporating "The Red Flag" in the bass solo.  It celebrates trade union activism in the Clyde shipyards.  Not difficult.    4’10”           image of loudspeaker
Ticker-Tape Parade New York: celebrities parade down the Canyon of Champions, paper strips fall from above. This quick march captures the scene.  3'14"               image of loudspeaker

Concert  items

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2014 Celebrating the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, this bright, breezy concert piece lasts just over 3 minutes. Moderately difficult. More info and orchestra, wind band versions  here and listen to it here             image of loudspeaker
A-roving An arrangement of the sea shanty, it starts in 2/4 then moves though a number of time and key signatures, testing the whole band.  Difficult. 4’20”              image of loudspeaker
Big Band Rock ..is strongly influenced by rock music.  It is very rhythmical, and has great toe-tapping tunes. It's quite easy to play, for all  standards.   3’ 15”        image of loudspeaker
The Burry Man 
(from Queensferry Suite)
During the Ferry Fair, the Burry Man dressed in a suit of burrs lumbers around the town, obliged to drink  whisky at all stops. This pictures what might happen. Listen to MP3 here     2' 50"      image of loudspeaker
Calypso ...is a Latin-influenced piece in a bright 2/2 tempo.  It's quite easy to play, and can be programmed with Siesta and/or Tequila Sunrise.  3’ 31”                          image of loudspeaker
Daydream  .. no particular dream, just the mood of someone thinking about this and that.  So the mood is laid back and, well, dreamy.  Moderately difficult. 5'   image of loudspeaker
Dimples ..is a "characteristic number",  a simple tune which characterises a person who has a smiling, dimpled face.  Nice and easy, jolly to play, fun to listen to!         3' 10"     image of loudspeaker
Ellis Island  ..an immensely moving place, was the main entry facility for US immigrants until 1954. This quiet, reflective music stems from a visit. Not technical. 4’ 42”                          image of loudspeaker
         
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Evening Prayers A  transcription for band of the beautiful duet from the opera "Hansel and Gretel" by Humperdinck arranged for two cornets a. Solo parts not demanding.     3 mins   image of loudspeaker
Fanfare and Gloria Based on short fanfare themes and a running melodic line ("Gloria") this piece is a band-only version of "Gloria" for choir and band. Moderate difficulty. 3 mins          image of loudspeaker
The Farmer's Boy An arrangement of the folk song, it's mainly in 2/4, with sorties into 6/8. Written as a test piece for Brass in Concert, it's quite demanding. Listen to MP3    3’ 50”                       image of loudspeaker
Geisha  This gentle piece, mainly in 4/4, seeks to reflect something of the enigma of the Geisha. The melodic material is based on the pentatonic mode.           3’ 33”       image of loudspeaker
Highland Lullaby ...is a very simple, slow and gentle piece in a lilting 6/8 rhythm with an important, quasi-solo part for the Flugel Horn.  Relatively easy.    Listen to MP3 Played by Newtongrange Silver Band  3 mins   image of loudspeaker Contact
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Hector's Theme A feature for the bass section, taken from the children's story "Hector at the Royal Albert Hall".
Download the e-book here   2'30"
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Intermezzo from
Cavalleria Rusticana
This is a simple arrangement for band of the beautiful Intermezzo from Mascagni's opera. It features flugel, then cornets and euphs and baritones. 2'30" image of loudspeaker
The Loony Dook
(from Queensferry Suite)
Every New Year's Day, some hardy individuals run into the icy waters of the Forth for a "dook". They are loonies. This is their march.
Listen to MP3 here  2' 42"
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Margaret 
(from Queensferry Suite)
Queen Margaret (d. 1093) aka St Margaret, gave her name to the town.  This is a slow, melodic movement featuring euph + cornet  Listen to MP3 here  3' 20"  image of loudspeaker
         
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Moscow Mule  ...is a cocktail with a strong Russian flavour. Starts slowly, gets faster, then after a tempo relapse, goes as fast as your band can manage.      5 minutes: or less!     image of loudspeaker
Siesta  Latin feel, capturing a laid-back, sunny summer afternoon. After a good meal and a refreshment, there is nothing to do but lie back and relax!   Easy.  3 minutes    image of loudspeaker
Songs of the '45 ...is a medley of 4 songs from the times of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Originally written as a test piece for Brass in Concert.    Very difficult.   Listen to MP3    4’ 34" image of loudspeaker
Spooky Light, jazzy feel, minor mode, suggesting spooky goings-on. Insistent walking bass, slightly syncopated tunes, and trombones tested in the middle section.   3’ 53    image of loudspeaker
Steppe Dance Distinctly Eastern European flavour, with a slow opening section followed by a fast dance movement in 2 sections. Some neat filigree work required of the cornets.  4 mins    image of loudspeaker
Sundance  ...is about the Aztecs. It opens with the rising sun, goes into a lively dance, then a prayer, finishing off with the dance theme.   Listen to MP3  
Played by West Lothian Schools Brass Band
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Tivoli at Night . is a musical representation of an evening stroll through the magical Tivoli gardens in Copenhagen. It's in 3/4, slow and gentle, with a slightly faster middle section.   2’ 47” image of loudspeaker
The Bridges
(from Queensferry Suite)
Bright opener, depicting  the Rail Bridge, Road Bridge and Queensferry  Crossing spanning the River Forth. (Revised Sep 11)  Listen to MP3 here        2' 41" image of loudspeaker
Under the Influence ..is lively number, fusing jazz influences with modern march-style themes.  A contrasting blues section in the middle. Tricky in places. 3’ 44” image of loudspeaker
Venetian Boat Song ....is one of thirty or so "Songs Without Words" written by Mendelssohn. This one, Op 19 No 6 is a Barcarolle featuring flugel and solo horn in duet. Moderate.   2 mins image of loudspeaker
         

Solos, etc

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Basically Baroque This is a feature to spotlight the 4 basses in your band  on a baroque-style theme. It’s relatively easy for the band, a bit trickier for the soloists.     4’ 16” image of loudspeaker
Evening Prayers A  transcription for band of the beautiful duet from the opera "Hansel and Gretel" by Humperdinck arranged for two cornets and band. Solo parts not demanding.           3 mins image of loudspeaker
Robin Adair This version of the traditional Scottish tune is arranged as a solo for Bb cornet and band.  Not difficult. 3 minutes image of loudspeaker
Tequila Sunrise Up-tempo latin-american (challenging!)  trio for cornets, with tricky accompaniments for band too. Can be programmed with Siesta or Calypso.  3’ 40” image of loudspeaker Forthcoming
 
Trombone Quartet This is a long piece in rondo form for the traditional brass band quartet.  There's 5 sections: fanfare, fast movement, modal dance, slow section, modal, and fanfare.      7'32"  image of loudspeaker    
The Bassett Suite
Light-hearted multi-movement piece for less experienced band, with parts doubled etc. c 5 mins image of loudspeaker    

Sacred

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Miserere An arrangement of Gregorio Allegri's setting of Psalm 51 for "solo" quartet and "chorus of full band. Flexibility in scoring via extensive cueing. 4 mins  image of loudspeaker
Pie Jesu Arrangement of beautiful melodic movement from Faure's Requiem. Solo for Cornet c. 3 mins image of loudspeaker
If Ye Love Me  (Thomas Tallis) The arrangement is flexible with instrumentation - there is sufficient cueing in the various parts to allow timbral variation 1'30"  
St Magnus/ Laudate Dominum Two hymn tunes in traditional 3 verse arrangements with varied scoring in each verse.  1' + 1'30"  
Crucifixus  Breathtakingly beautiful choral piece by Antonio Lotti arranged for 8 instruments with optional parts for rest of the band. 3'20" image of loudspeaker
Ave Verum Corpus This is a versatile arrangement for quartet with band accompaniment, or for full band. It's Mozart's final completed sacred work, written in 1791 shortly before his death. 2'18" image of loudspeaker
Intermezzo from
Cavalleria Rusticana
This is a simple arrangement for band of the beautiful Intermezzo from Mascagni's opera. It features flugel, then cornets and euphs and baritones. 2'30" image of loudspeaker
Carols from Denmark ..a medley of 3 carols from Denmark containing "Dejlig er den himmel blå", "En rose så jeg skyde"  (The world's fair rose) and "Et barn er født i Betlehem". Easy        2’ 53” image of loudspeaker
Carols from Spain A selection of 3 carols "Fum Fum Fum", "A la nanita nana" and "Arre Borriquito". Can be used individually, too.  Easy        5'32" image of loudspeaker Contact Pennine
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Longer pieces

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Tone Poem: Moonfleet Based on Meade Falkner's exciting tale of smuggling, this piece starts at a seaside town, and follows the heroes as they seek a priceless diamond.   Challenging.      11'04"   Contact
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Tone Poem: The Pearl Based on John Steinbeck's novella. Contrasting sections depict the interplay of innocence and deception, and the attempt to fight back against exploitation.           11’ 14”   Contact
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Tone Poem: The Admiral Benbow Based very loosely on Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island", this relatively easy piece moves from a slow atmospheric openin opening, through a raucous pub sing-song, the arrival of the Black Spot, to setting sail for the Caribbean.  10 mins   Contact
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Tone Poem: Kidnapped Based on Robert Louis Stevenson's story of the same name, this piece follows the adventures of David Balfour through Scotland in the times of the 18th century Jacobite Rebellion.   Contact
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Queensferry Suite 4 musical pictures of Queensferry icons. The Loony Dook, The Burry Man, Queen Margaret and The  Bridges. Good fun, and not too testing (revised 2017).  Listen here  11' 31" image of loudspeaker
Jekyll and Hyde Based on Stevenson's story of the same name, this piece replicates the struggles of Dr Jekyll to create an alter ego and then to try to destroy it. More information here.
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Scrooge's Christmas is a musical picture of Dickens' Christmas Carol  (abridged) for band with optional narrator. More information here image of loudspeaker
Invocation ...is a musical prayer based on themes of rising 4ths and 5ths, with a contrasting central melodic section coalescing all the themes. Difficult in places.         7’ 51” image of loudspeaker
Overture: Skara Brae Inspired by the ancient site in Orkney, the music is heavily rhythmical with prominent harmonic clashes, reflecting the character of the place.                     9’ 40”  
Suite for Brass Band 3 movements based on Orwell's "Road to Wigan Pier".  It's not overly demanding , but has plenty to interest players and audiences.    11'10" image of loudspeaker
         

Choral

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Gloria: for Band, Organ Choir (SATB) This is a lively setting of part of the "Gloria" text for the forces listed.  Band parts cover if there is no organ available.  Not very difficult for band or voices.        3'51" image of loudspeaker
Gloria: for Band, Organ Choir (TTBB) This is a lively setting of part of the "Gloria" text for the forces listed.  Band parts cover if there is no organ available.  Not very difficult for band or voices.        3'51"  
The Dalmeny Stones More information here  image of loudspeaker  
Supernatural Ballads More information here   image of loudspeaker  
Fair Rosamond Trilogy More information here   image of loudspeaker  
Comes the Light More information here   image of loudspeaker  
Sir Christemas More information here  image of loudspeaker  
Alleluia More information here  image of loudspeaker  
The Braes o' Gleniffer More information here  image of loudspeaker  
         
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