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The First Shoot, version for brass band (1935/79–80)

• General Information:
I.   Giocoso     
II.  Andantino     
III. A tempo di Hesitation Waltz     
IV. A tempo, sub. Vivace     
V. Vivace     
Composition: 1980. A revision and arrangement of music for the ballet The First Shoot (1935).
First Performance:  19 December 1980. Goldsmith’s College, London. The Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Elgar Howarth conductor. Recording session for the Walton documentary At the Haunted End of the Day, directed by Tony Palmer. First transmitted on ITN, Sunday, 19 April 1981.
First Public Performance:  Monday, 7 September 1981. Royal Albert Hall, London. The Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Elgar Howarth conductor.
Duration: About 10 minutes
Dedication: “In Mem. C. B. Cochran and his Young Ladies”
Craggs Catalogue Number: C29b
Instrumentation: Soprano cornet, 8 cornets, flugelhorn, 3 horns, 2 baritone horns, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, 2 euphonium, 2 basses in E-flat, 2 basses in B-flat – timpani, percussion (xylophone, glockenspiel, side drum, bass drum, tenor drum, cymbals)
Manuscript: Frederick R. Koch Collection. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Manuscript FRKF 594. Autograph full score. 48 pages.
Publication: Oxford University Press. 1986. Score and parts are available on hire.
Arrangements: The First Shoot, transcribed for orchestra by Christopher Palmer (c.1991) - Arranged for concert band by Ray Farr. Publication: Warner/Chappell, 2001.

Ensemble Conductor Year Compact Disc Timing
London Collegiate Brass James Stobart 1985 CRD 3444 8’52”
Black Dyke Mills Band James Watson 1995 ASV WHL 2093 9’26”


For additional recordings of this music, see the following arrangement: The First Shoot, transcribed for orchestra (arr. Palmer, 1991)