As Torrents In Summer
EDIT: Due to some obscure piece of copyright law meaning that a composers work is not out of copyright until the 31st of December, 70 years after their death (no matter what date of the year they died), I've had to take down the arrangement mentioned below, as it probably isn't legal!
Well, I've just finished my first proper arrangement for Brass Band, and I'm knackered.
It's an arrangement of the song "As Torrents In Summer" from the cantata "King Olaf" by Edward Elgar, and I'm rather pleased with it.
It was pure accident – I was only trying a basic 4 part hymn tune arrangement of it for pure band exercise purposes, but I realised I could do more with it than that (with some subtle influence from the setting of "The Irish Blessing" by Stephen Bradnum).
I first met this piece whilst at secondary school – it was a yearly event that the Boys' and Girls' schools would combine and perform a major work such as Handels Messiah or Mozarts Requiem, and in one year the Elgar-mad Head of Music from the Girls' school chose King Olaf. The "As Torrents In Summer" song has some beautiful words.
Have a listen folks and tell me what you think (you'll need to install the Scorch plugin for Internet Explorer if you haven't got it already).