Children in particular will enjoy listening to this rousing piece, arranged by Roy Thackray, which has also proved very suitable for audience participation. For schools, colleges and professionals. Review: "A hand clapping, foot-stomping 'sure thing' where the flutist gets to pull out the piccolo if desired. Great encore piece or fun fare for student recitals." – New Issues October 1996
Professional oboist, composer and arranger. Ex-director of Music at Dulwich College Preparatory School, and Head of Woodwind Teaching for the London Borough of Croydon. Founder and Director of Croydon Flute Harmonic and of Croydon Young Musicians Centre. Some of his pieces for oboe and piano are included in the Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music Examination Syllabus's and he has made many arrangements for Wind Quintet.
This is an arrangement for wind quintet of a late piano work by Brahms. There is not enough music, that communicates the deepest of human emotions, available for wind quintet at present, either as original compositions or in arrangements. By making this arrangement David has contributed to remedying this shortage, as well as bringing a powerful piece to the attention of musicians and audiences who might not otherwise come across it. The arrangement seeks to preserve the textural clarity and sensuous melodic lines of the original. Much of the richness and late romantic warmth of the arrangement comes from Brahms' flexibility of rhythm and tonality. This piece can be played by an ensemble where nobody is beyond the standard of Grade 8 Associated Board, which would include most adult amateur wind quintets. For secondary schools, community performing groups, teaching studios, colleges, conservatories, amateurs, libraries and professionals.