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Preserving Code

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Preserving Code

SKU: 100202

Quick Overview

Academic and musician Dr Matthew van Emmerik has recorded the solo works of influential brass band composer and symphony orchestra pioneer Percy Code.

Ever since the academic and musician won Ballarat's Percy Code open solo at the age of 15 he credits the pioneering musician with his own lifelong passion for music. After harbouring the idea for over a decade, Dr van Emmerik has finally recorded the full list of Code's solo works.

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1 At Dawn
2 Wendouree
3 Miranda
4 Neath Austral Skies
5 Zelda
6 Zanette
7 Lucille
8 The Emperor
9 Valse Caprice
10 Prelude De Concert
11 At Sunset

Additional Information

Release Date 8 May 2018
  1. Listening Post No. 156 review by Tim Mutum on 10/09/2018

    The Australian, Percy Code, is best known for his cornet solo Zelda, written in 1923, and a favourite of Harry Mortimer who recorded it with Foden's Motor Works in 1932. Code wrote 11 solos between 1919 and 1934 and several marches. After considerable research, Australian euphonium soloist, Matthew Van Emmerik, has brought all 11 solos together on one CD.

  2. Brass Band World CD of the Month review by Thomas Dunne on 28/06/2018

    van Emmerik demonstrates delightful warmth of tone and a keen expressivity in his interpretations. 'Zelda', Code's most famous solo, is delivered with tasteful musical shape and exciting technical assurance. This disc, however, offers an opportunity to delve into the lesser-known works of Percy Code. As a result, much of the repertoire may sound similar, but nonetheless results in a rewarding listening experience, each performed with the composer's original musical intentions in mind.
    The superb quality of performance and recording, the historical interest and the overall vision of this release is one that achieves its title goal of Preserving Code with great success.

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