Point Pelee is the second movement of Ontario Pictures, one of six pieces for concert band that premièred July 1, 1986 at the Canada and Ontario Pavilions at Expo 86 in Vancouver. Funded by the Ontario Arts Council, the Northdale Concert Band commissioned each of six composers to create a six-minute work to mark the International Year of Canadian Music. Each composer was requested to create an entertaining piece appropriate for national and heritage eventsto provide melodic, festive, and accessible music to foster the atmosphere of a celebration.
Ontario Pictures quickly became a concert favourite with audiences and players alike, and in 1995 composer Cable rescored the piece for brass band. He conducted the Hannaford Street Silver Band at the première of the brass band arrangement in 1995s Festival of the Sound, in Parry Sound, Ontario. Upon hearing the piece in rehearsal, Hannaford solo cornetist Stuart Laughton asked Cable to arrange the middle movement, Point Pelee, for solo trumpet and piano.
Here Point Pelee has been translated to a lyrical solo evoking images of a quiet stroll through the Point Pelee bird sanctuary on the shores of Lake Erie. The trumpet part is provided for B flat and E flat trumpets.
Notes on Point Pelee
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