Listen and Watch
Here are some examples of Philip's music.
LIONHEART (2007) - a heraldic concert opener, played here by the PolySteel Band.
BLUE-SLEEVE STEP (2007) - a light item in a big band style, played by the PolySteel Band with cornet soloist Chris Howley.
BEYOND THE TAMAR (2005) - a 25-minute journey around the World, starting and ending in Cornwall (commissioned and first performed by the Cornwall Youth Brass Band). Seven movements, one of which is INDIAN DAYBREAK which uses traditional Indian music techniques to transform the sound of the brass band. Also, SALSA TRES'PRADO demonstrates Philip's 'Latin American' style. Played by the PolySteel Band.
A GALLIMAUFRY SUITE (2004) - a four-movement suite which was selected for the 3rd section of the 2005 National Brass Band Championship Finals. 4barsrest.com commented "A Gallimaufry Suite is a gem, as bright as a diamond - sharp and clear, clean-edged and utterly fascinating... as close a perfect work for the Third section as could be possible." The excerpts are from the second movement SONG and the fourth movement TOCCATA and are played by Pheonix West Midlands Brass.
SWORD, JEWEL AND MIRROR (1998) - a piece written by Philip whilst living in Japan and using elements of traditional Japanese music to bring to life the legends surrounding the eponymous artefacts of the Imperial Regalia. Selected for the 2nd section of the 2000 National Brass Band Championship Regional Finals. Played by the Flowers Band.
HAUNTED HOUSE - (1996) pure programme music commissioned and first performed by Brett Baker. The fictional story tells of a man whose car breaks down at night in a rainstorm, and who goes for help to a nearby mansion. If this pre-amble is somewhat of a cliche, what follows is original, atmospheric and dramatically descriptive. Played by Brett Baker with the Flowers Band.
Flowers Band plays Philip's arrangement of Hawaii 5-0
All material on this site (c) Philip Harper 2008