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The G&S Express

(All Aboard the “Modern Major General”)

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  • Score: $5; set of parts: $20 (for reproduction rights; additional charge for hard copies)
  • For band
  • The familiar Gilbert and Sullivan tune gets taken for a ride
  • 3:00
  • Difficulty rating (I-VI): II
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My sons have a CD with a humorous version of the famous Gilbert and Sullivan patter song “Modern Major General.” That version features a slow repetition of the verse, and it struck me that the repeated accompaniment chords at that tempo sounded like a train starting up. That’s how this piece for young band came about—I use motives from the original song throughout to capture the effect of a train journey.

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