Carnaval Dorado

Brass Band

Percussion (5 players):
Bass Drum
Suspended Cymbal

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Translated literally, Carnaval Dorado means ‘golden carnival’. Whilst composing this piece, I had in mind a marching carnival band that slowly forms out of the morning mist but then quickly starts marching with energy and purpose in the early sunshine. There is a brief siesta halfway through where the ‘band’ conserves its energy in the mid-day sun but soon the percussion section calls the band to attention and the band are once again on the move. To add to the carnival atmosphere, the piece also contains sections of collective improvisation and a clapped rhythm which is displaced across several sections of the band.

Carnaval Dorado was a winning entry in the 2019 Foden’s Band/Love Music Trust Composers Competition and was given its premiere by the Foden’s Youth Band conducted by Mark Bousie at Clonter Opera Theatre on Saturday 22nd June 2019.

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Additional Information

Composer Dorian Kelly
Difficulty 3rd Section +
Duration 2 minutes - 4 minutes