A Shropshire Lad

George Butterworth, arr. Duncan Wilson
Pennine Music Publishing

A major concert work for brass band, this tone poem is based on George Butterworth’s song cycle of the same name, which in turn is based on the poetry of A. E. Housman, concentrating on the very personal effects of the Great War. Butterworth himself fell at the Somme in 1916. This is the second arrangement of Butterworth’s music by Duncan Wilson. The first, The Banks of Green Willow, was recorded by both Black Dyke and Rothwell. The music is intense and poignant, an ideal piece for this year’s centenary of the Armistice.