Philip Joy - Fit for a King - Variation 10

Fit for a King - Variation 10


Wind Quintet [Fl, Ob, Cl, Fg, Hn]

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Philip Joy - Fit for a King - Variation 10

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This variation on the famous Welsh melody Sosban Fach was written in celebration of the birth of HRH Prince George of Cambridge, 22nd July 2013, and is respectfully dedicated to HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales; HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and HRH Prince George of Cambridge.

When the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy was announced, the Chairman of the Central Composers’ Alliance, David Fisher, resolved to bridge the royal generations by inviting his colleagues in the Alliance contribute to a joint work on a famous Welsh theme to acknowledge the lineage of the Princes of Wales from Dafydd ap Llywelyn to HRH Prince Charles. As this heredity will continue to HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and then HRH Prince George of Cambridge, this work is therefore respectfully dedicated to all three generations.

The melody of Sosban Fach was chosen by David Fisher as one of the most famous of all Welsh tunes. It hasn’t been chosen for its subject matter, though it is originally a nursery song, but for the popularity in the Principality as one of the most often sung songs in the Welsh language. It is best known for its association with Llanelli Rugby Union Club and by internationally renowned performers such as Only Boys Aloud. Robert Ramskill arranged the theme before the composers’ contributions were collected over several months. Dr Ramskill was also entrusted to the difficult task of editing and ordering the pieces for publication.

The whole story of the Fit for a King and the accompanying videos may be accessed by clicking HERE. Variation 10 of ‘Sosban Fach´ is described by the composer thus:

Variation 10 - Philip G Joy:

"Liking the strong character of the theme and wanting to follow it quite closely I conceived of a scherzo based on the technique of octaves/overblowing combined with double and triple tonguing. I knew this would be exciting to listen to though very demanding to play. In order to permit a continuous pattern of repeated fast notes players would have to take turns in rapid conversation and with precision dovetailing. In this way there was also the possibility of a melody of intertwining instrumental colours. The final phrase utilises the deep registers and the last chord is a kind of neo-tonal tierce de Picardie." 

[LeftSerenata Winds in the process of recording Fit for a King on July 22nd 2013 at the Ellen Terry Building of the University of Coventry on the very day that HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born.

[RightSerenata Winds performing the world première of Fit for a King at the splendid venue of The Ark, St Laurence Church, Alvechurch, Worcestershire on the evening of 5th April 2014.

Philip Joy - Fit for a King - Variation 10

Philip Joy - Fit for a King - Variation 10