Matthew Brown Composer


Spectacular programme note

I began writing Spectacular in July 2020, when large ensemble activity was still quite out of the question due to Covid-19 safety measures. I continued to develop the ideas over many months, often at night, finally completing the piece in April 2021.

Spectacular (2020-2021) opens exclusively with brass, on a passacaglia-like bass. The brass section carries much of the primary material almost throughout the work. During the opening, a couple of sweet and soft secondary themes emerge, which become more important later. After a brief episode of contemplation, there is a sudden transition into a tango which builds and offers some surprising mood changes. When the pace of the opening returns, it is a while before a strong resolution is reached, after which the conclusion is soft and peaceful.