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2 flutes-both doubling piccs, 1 oboe, 2 clarinets-2nd doubling bass clarinet, 1 bassoon.
(Alternative woodwind scoring: 2 flutes-both doubling piccs, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet in B flat, 2 bassoons)
- 2 horns in F, 1 trumpet in B flat, 1 trombone - 2 percussion players playing: timps/tgl/tamb/SD/BD/glsp/bird warbler/susp.cym/song bells/sleigh bells/tpl.bl/guiro/chimes/cyms - harp - strings
GRANPA CD first released on CBS/SONY HB1 1988 (deleted 1993)
To be re-released April 2006. Highbridge Music CD 6002 (under license from SME Subsidiary BV) as item on CD titled 'Granpa'
The 'Nursery Rhyme Overture' contains 18 well-known tunes;one appears in 2 different places and 2 others are played simultaneously.
A jumbled list is given to the audience and a prize awarded to the first person to place them in the correct order. It is 'a childrens' guessing game for orchestra' and was suggested by Raymond Gubbay and originally created to be performed in his concerts.
|13th September 2013
- 15th September 2013
|Hong-Kong Sinfonietta, Hong-Kong City Hall (5 performances)|
|12th July 2009||Northern Sinfonia, cond: Tim Redmond, Sands Centre Carlisle|
|7th January 2007||CPO conducted by the composer, Corn Exchange Cambridge|
|11th November 2006||Peoria Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Commonday, Peoria, Illinois, USA|
|6th September 2006||The Prairie Ensemble, cond. Kevin Kelly, Faith United Methodist Church,Champaign, Illinois, USA. 2 performances|
|2nd January 2006||Northern Sinfonia, The Sage Gateshead|
|20th December 2005||Norwich Philharmonic Society, St Andrew's Hall Norwich|
|26th October 1984||Sinfonia of London / Howard Blake, City Hall, St Albans (first performance)|
'This overture cleverly tests children's skill in identifying all the rhymes used whilst demanding of them the utmost concentration to accomplish this.'
Which Compact Disc?, 1/3/1989