A Shropshire Lad George Butterworth arr. Joseph Knight


The tragedy of war is personified in the premature death of one of Britain’s most promising composers of his age. George Butterworth was shot in the head at the battle of Somme by a German Sniper and there ended his sparkling contribution to music. Goeorge Butterworth set eleven of A. E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad poems in two cycles from 1909-1911. He composed his orchestral rhapsody in 1911, first calling it “The Land of Lost Content”, and then calling it “The Cherry Tree” before deciding on the title “A Shropshire Lad”. He wished it to be an epilogue to his song cycle and he wished it “to express the homethoughts of the exiled Lad”. This arrangement for brass band was arranged in 2016 to commemorate the centenary of the composers death. This is offered as a full set with parts.

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