Richard Lambert Music

Intrada: 'The Victor's Palm' (Op.50)

A short celebratory piece for concert band in a simple ternary form

picc, 2fl, ob, 3cl, bass cl, bsn, 2alto sax, ten sax, bar sax, 3trpt, 2hn, bar hn, 3tbn, euph, tba, dbass, 5perc (glock, xylo, clash cym, bass dr, snare dr), 4timp (CGFDflat)

This short piece was commissioned in 2010 by Victor Ho, Man-yiu, Musical Director of the South Hong Kong Island Youth Concert Band.

The title, ‘The Victor’s Palm’, is taken from a line by the Roman poet Horace (Epistles, I).

According to Charles Rollins, in ancient time, “acclamations of spectators in honour of the victors, were only a prelude to the rewards designed them. These rewards were different wreaths of wild olive, pine, parsley, or laurel, according to the different places where the games were celebrated. Those crowns were always attended with branches of palm, that the victors carried in their right hand.”

The piece is a straightforward A B A structure - the more restrained central section contrasts with the exuberant and celebratory outer sections.



This recording of Intrada: 'The Victor's Palm' was produced using computer software called Sibelius: it is not a live recording.


You can view and purchase the score of Intrada: 'The Victor's Palm' from Score Exchange.

If you wish to listen to the piece on that website, select the ‘MP3 file’ link instead of playing the embedded score for better audio quality.

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