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It is was great sadness that we report the death of Derek Bourgeois on September 6th 2017 after a brave fight against illness.
Derek wrote many fine works across the spectrum of ensembles, large and small - mostly large! He composed over 100 Symphonies and continued writing right up to his premature death.
As well as his ever popular 'Serenade', we are proud to publish his Trombone Concerto, written in the early 1980's for Christian Lindberg, which has become a classic as well as his finely-wrought 'Bridges over the River Cam', recalling his time at Cambridge University amongst other works.
He was truly a virtuoso composer of great gifts and a distinctive voice.
We will miss him greatly, He will live on through his music.
Latest News from G & M Brand:
As Geoffrey Brand celebrates his 90th Birthday G & M Brand Publications are delighted to bring you:
Geoffrey Brand 'Conducting - The Art of Communication' Part 1
Geoffrey Brand 'Conducting - The Art of Communication' Part 2
Latest Music Releases:Sussex Carol (cat#10312)
English Traditional arr. Michael Brand - Very Easy (USA Grade: 2)
Peace on Earth (cat#10313)
Arbeau's Orcesographie 1588 arr. Michael Brand - Easy (USA Grade: 3)
Personent Hodie (On this day the Earth shall ring) (cat#10314)
Finnish. Realised by Holst arr. Michael Brand - Very Easy (USA Grade: 2)
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Robert Farnon was born in Toronto on 24 July 1917. By 1939, he was well-known on the Canadian light entertainment scene through his regular broadcasts with leading musicians.But Farnon's ambitions initially lay in a different direction. His early works included two symphonies and other major works including an `Etude For Trumpet' and a tone poem `Cascades To The Sea'.
The war changed Farnon's life. He came to Britain as conductor of the Canadian Band Of The Allied Expeditionary Forces. He had an immediate effect upon the popular music scene, with his fresh and imaginative arrangements for the Canadian Band and other units.In Britain he discovered a form of music that admirably suited his composing talents: Light Orchestral Music, or `Concert Music' as it is better known in North America. Robert Farnon also realised that there was scope in writing for films, so he decided to remain in Britain when the war ended.He was signed to compose mood music for the Chappell Recorded Music Library, and the following fifteen years witnessed an astonishing outpouring of light orchestral compositions that have become minor classics of their genre.
For the cinema, Farnon has written for a wide variety of films.His works for concert band, covering many styles, are a model of scoring, showing all the skills and experience gained during his long career.Many of the top orchestrators on both sides of the Atlantic unashamedly admit that they try to copy his style. "Robert Farnon is the greatest living string writer in the world" is the view expressed by Andre Previn, a comment typical of many in the profession.Sadly, Robert Farnon passed away in 2005, ending a distinguished and creative life.