Blacksmith Variations

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SMC S874FS/ HL 3778833

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Concert Band
This clever piece by Jim Mahaffey draws inspiration from two famous pieces of music: "Air and Variations" (nicknamed "The Harmonious Blacksmith") by George Frederick Handel and "The Immovable Do" by Percy Aldridge Grainger.  Mahaffey's contemporary orchestration techniques and the contrasting styles of Handel and Grainger result in a unique score that highlights the sonority of the band with its beautiful colors and soloists.