Launching in September 2020 the Peters Concert Band Series offers an exciting new range of repertoire for symphonic bands. Curated and arranged by Series Editor Phillip Littlemore, this expanding series contains new arrangements of some of the most popular concert and choral works of recent years, from the exuberant joyfulness of Jonathan Dove's Ring Out, Wild Bells or the folky, avant-pop of the Penguin Café Orchestra's Perpetuum Mobile to the enraptured stillness of Ēriks Ešenvalds' Stars. With this unique and distinctive catalogue, all bands are sure to find these powerful and effective works welcome additions to their repertoire.
All works will be made available for sale, with sets containing a full score and set of performance material, including world parts.
“I was delighted when colleagues from Edition Peters indicated their intention of creating a brand new series for concert band and brass band, and I was absolutely thrilled when then asked to take on the role of series editor and arranger. Edition Peters is a major force in music publishing and represents some of the finest contemporary composers and catalogues throughout the world. To be entrusted with creating these new series for Edition Peters is an honour.
We are launching the Edition Peters Concert Band Series with brand new arrangements of some very popular works by composers Jonathan Dove and Ēriks Ešenvalds and also from the avant-pop group Penguin Café Orchestra. We are looking forward to introducing this music to a new and wider audience and, in time, we hope to introduce some exciting original works alongside an expanding library of arrangements. Together we want to build a catalogue of concert band music that is second to none.” Phillip Littlemore
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Jonathan Dove: Ring Out, Wild Bells (Grade 4.5)
Jonathan Dove: Run to the Edge (Grade 5.5)
Ēriks Ešenvalds: Salutation (Grade 2.5)
Ēriks Ešenvalds: Long Road (Grade 4)
Ēriks Ešenvalds: Stars (Grade 3)
Ēriks Ešenvalds: Only In Sleep (Grade 3.5)
Penguin Café Orchestra: Music for a Found Harmonium (Grade 4)
Penguin Café Orchestra: Perpetuum Mobile (Grade 4.5)
Jonathan Dove's rousing setting of Tennyson's poem, made famous in his choral cycle 'The Passing of the Year' is here given a thrilling new life as a concert band showpiece. Phillip Littlemore's exuberant arrangement is sure to provide concert bands with a show-stopper, a joyful and virtuoso celebration of life.
© 2000 by Peters Edition Limited, London
This arrangement © 2020 by Peters Edition Limited, London
Jonathan Dove's thrilling and energetic showpiece was originally composed for the London Schools Symphony Orchestra (of which the composer was a member). Phillip Littlemore has expertly arranged the work for concert band, providing symphonic wind ensembles with a high-velocity joy ride.© 2003 by Peters Edition Limited, London
Salutation was originally composed for a cappella choir to a poem by Bengali poet and musician Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941). The music takes up the spiritual message of the poem, that we live our lives in one salutation to God ending back in an eternal home. Phillip Littlemore's brilliant arrangement for concert band adds a work of great contemplative beauty to the repertoire.© 2017 by Musica Baltica
Long Road has the simple sincerity of a hymn yet is is both beautiful and lush. At the midway point a gentle susurration of bell-sounds, descant recorders and tin whistles appear over sustained brass. There is a brief downwards shift of a third, followed by an elated return to the home key before the evanescent tinkling ushers the piece to its close. Phillip Littlemore has here created a vivid new version for concert band.© 2017 by Musica Baltica
One of the most popular of all contemporary choral works, Ēriks Ešenvalds' Stars is a work of shimmering beauty, a vision of ‘beating hearts of fire’ seen overhead on a still, dark night. Phillip Littlemore's expert arrangement for concert band will bring a moment of rapt stillness to any concert programme.© 2012 by Musica Baltica
A vision of childhood experienced through dreams, Ēriks Ešenvalds' Only in Sleep is a work of subtly powerful expressiveness. Phillip Littlemore has here created a brilliant new version for concert band, sure to be every bit as popular as the choral original.© 2015 by Musica Baltica
The Penguin Café Orchestra, founded by Simon Jeffes, created an instantly recognisable sound world, beautifully crafted to convey simple wonder and joy. Phillip Littlemore's arrangement for concert band of their famous Music for a Found Harmonium perfectly captures the exuberance of this uplifting music.© 1987 by Editions Penguin Café Ltd.
The Penguin Café Orchestra, founded by composer Simon Jeffes, knew better than anyone how to create an incredibly catchy hook. This brilliant arrangement for concert band by Phillip Littlemore of Perpetuum Mobile will have audiences tapping in 15/8 all the way home.© 1987 by Editions Penguin Café Ltd.