Grade 3 - Halcyon

Composer: Tim Middleton

Grade: Grade 3

Category: Wind Ensemble

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Commissioned for Busselton Brass Band' s 150th Anniversary

Dedicated to Alex Marshall


The Busselton Brass Band was founded in 1871 and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2021. This work was originally written for Brass Band and has been arranged by the composer for Wind Ensemble.

Named in honour of the whaleship that shipwrecked in Geographe Bay in 1844. After the introduction, the main melody mimics the rise and fall of the ocean waves around the Busselton Jetty and town. The bass solo is inspired by the town’s whaling and fishing history, and then returns to the original melody. The trio changes into 2/4 after the initial 6/8 contrasting the early years of Busselton and the more recent tourism and vineyard history. The trio also has a counter melody second time through to honour the band members who fought in World War I and II. At the end of the trio a D.C. to restate the opening themes, then a rousing finish at the end of the Bass Solo.


Duration 3:30 min

Instrumentation: Fl 1 2, Ob, Bsn,  Cl 1 2 3, Bs Cl, A Sx 1 2, T Sx, B Sx, F Hn 1 2, Tpt 1 2 3, Tbn 1 2, Bs Tbn, Euph (BC & TC), Tuba, String Bass (opt.), Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Glock

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