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Mill-GardjolaRay Magri
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A work that was chosen as one of the best four original compositions for wind band in a national competition organised by the Cottonera Foundation and Ghaqda Nazzjonali Kazini tal-Banda.

This concert piece,  represents various episodes from the Maltese history, focussed mainly on the area surrounding the‘’Gardjola’’ – The guard tower , that was built together with the complimentary

bastions by Grand Master Claude De La Sengle in 1551.

Located on the uppermost part of the Senglea bastions that face Valletta and Vittoriosa, the Gardjola provided shelter to guards while doing their watch. The music here describes the dull and bright moments that the Gardjola has witnessed since its existence.

The opening  includes a dramatic theme that acts as a flashback taking the listener back in time, when this place was full of tension and fear of attacks from the enemy. Soon afterwards, an ‘Allegro moderato’ passage introduces the sense of activity and teamwork during naval operations in the area. Segments from the main theme are played by different sections of the band together with variations in the accompaniment as to widen the imagination of the listener.

A slower tempo follows, inducing a sense of victory and joy mostly distinguished by the bright brass sound together with the use of tabular bells. Here, the speed picks up immediately until it dies away and closes with a dissonant cadence.

Serenity is introduced by the use of solo woodwind instruments. The solo flute with its distinct sound introduces this section, followed by the oboe and the clarinet solos. The brass comes in during louder moments with a trumpet solo that when accompanied by the complimenting brass instruments helps in achieving a louder aggressive crescendo effect introducing the final section that conveys energy and joy.

The finale section that opens with a fanfare, symbolises the title of Civitas Invicta. A title that was given to Senglea, for the bravery of resisting the Ottoman Empire during the Great Siege of Malta in 1565.

Parts included: Piccolo, Flute 1, Flute 2, Oboe, Clarinets in Eb, Bb Clarinets1a,1b, 2&3, BbBass Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Sax1, Alto Sax2, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Horn1,Horn2, Horn3, Horn4,Trumpet1, Trumpet2, Trombone1, Trombone2, Trombone3, Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba, Timpani, Xylophone, Tubular Bells, Bass Drum, Sus Cymbal, Triangle, Snare Drum, Crash Cymbal, Shakers, W. chimes, Full Score.


Terms & Conditions For Maltese Wind Bands

Make sure to read the Store Policies (especially point 4 and 14) if purchasing this piece to be performed or kept by a Maltese Wind Band.

When purchasing this music to be performed, rehearsing, or even to be kept by a Maltese Wind Band or Society, make sure to contact the composer before committing to purchase.

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