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Arnold Bax - Spring Fire (GP.153)

This new edition of Bax's 1913 symphonic fantasy corrects over 500 issues with the autograph manuscript and brings the orchestral parts into the modern day.

This edition was commissioned by Richard Adams (editor of arnoldbax.com) and first performed by BBC Philharmonic Orchestra under John Wilson in February 2024.

Instrumentation: 

3[1.2.3/picc]3[1.2.3/ca]4[1.2.3.bcl]3[1.2.cbsn]6331.tmp.3-4pc.pno.cel.2hp and strings

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Spring Fire - Full Transposing Score
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Spring Fire - Full Transposing Score

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This is a critical edition of Bax's youthful and vibrant tone poem 'Spring Fire'. The full transposing score is presented to a modern typesetting standards and is professionally printed. The plastic spiral coil allows for silent pageturns and it sits flat on music stands.

There are two different sizes of score available. Please ensure you choose

This is a critical edition of Bax's youthful and vibrant tone poem 'Spring Fire'. The full transposing score is presented to a modern typesetting standards and is professionally printed. The plastic spiral coil allows for silent pageturns and it sits flat on music stands.

There are two different sizes of score available. Please ensure you choose the option that suits you best.

B4 is the smaller size (250x353mm) and is most suited to casual users who wish to study the score. A3 is the larger size (297x420mm) and is most suited to conductors who look to perform the work or for those who prefer a larger music font.

Both come with free shipping in the United Kingdom.

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Hiring Music

Our hiring and purchasing fees are transparent. We use the following figures to calculate a fair price for hiring our music:

Category of Orchestra Price Items received
BBC Orchestras, or for any recording or broadcasting purposes £33.55 per minute Full set of orchestral parts, three full scores
Other professional orchestras in concert £23.50 per minute Full set of orchestral parts, two full scores
Amateur or student orchestras £14.50 per minute Full set of orchestral parts, one full score

Professional orchestras based in the UK may request access to PDF files of the orchestral parts prior to the first rehearsal on the proviso they are deleted immediately after the performance. This is to enable individual practise.

 

Purchasing a full set of parts for any work is based on the following figures:

Cost per part (1 of each wind, brass, percussion, keyboards, and strings of strength 9.8.7.6.5) £10.00
Cost per minute £18.00

When purchasing a full set of parts, you receive a complimentary score.

 

Please be advised that much of Bax's music is challenging and amateur orchestras and university orchestras would be recommended to study a perusal score before committing to hiring the music. Bax's instrumentation is often large and needs a sizeable string section for best effect. 

If you would like to see a perusal score of Spring Fire, click here.

 

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To hire or purchase a work, please get in touch using our form below with the following information:

1. Name of Orchestra 2. Name of Conductor 3. Time and Date
4. Location of concert 5. Town or City, and Country 6. Link to tickets, if possible

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About the Arnold Bax Edition

As a professional orchestral musician, I have seen far too many instrumental parts littered with errors, inconsistencies, or sloppy presentation, often from the largest of music publishers. From a copy of Mahler Symphony No.5 that had the top inch attached purely by sellotape, to a work by Sibelius that notated specific techniques in a way that was not only wrong, but confusing.

This is a set of new editions that places the musician first.

I take the autograph manuscript, diligently crosscheck it for vertical inconsistencies, and ensure every instrument has dynamics and technical instructions (like mute changes or ‘arco'/'pizz.’) in the correct locations. The parts receive special attention to guarantee the best possible pageturn locations and a complete absence of collisions or clashes. Hire material is printed on B4 paper (c.250x350mm) so that it is legible for all players.

My role as editor is to clarify mannerisms and rectify mistakes, with the understanding that the composer's voice is paramount - but with the counter that composers are fallible and that notation standards have continued to evolve over the last hundred years. Finding the balance is a key task.

 

The orchestral parts are bound by hand using archivist tape that enables each part to lay flat and to turn silently on the stand - the two most important practical attributes, especially in recording sessions.

The A3 scores are bound with a soft plastic comb, again providing a lay-flat silence.

 

A review from one of our first customers:

“the score is truly beautiful, managing very well to reconcile the aesthetics of publication with the practical needs of a performer/listener"

 

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