David Powell
£ 19.00 

An original work for Superbrass and recorded on their debut album "Under the Spell of Spain", Dulcinea lives in the neighbouring village to the hopelessly deluded Don Quixote and for whom he carries out his absurdly chivalric adventures.

  • 4 Trumpets
  • 1 Horn in F
  • 4 Trombones
  • 1 Tuba
  • 1 Drum Kit
  • 1 Percussion
  • Trumpet 1 requires doubling on Piccolo Trumpet
  • Trumpet 4 requires doubling on Flugel
  • Percussion section require: Large Tambourine, Small Tambourine and Castanets.




"I still have a beautifully illustrated children’s book of the story of “Don Quixote” given to me for probably my sixth birthday, and which I have always treasured. Dulcinea is the girl in the neighbouring village that the hopelessly deluded Don falls in love with, and for whom he carries out his absurdly chivalric adventures. However, this piece of music was not conceived as a descriptive tone-poem; I just like the word as a title. I originally wrote the opening theme of this piece for a production of “The Tempest” given by a theatre company integrating disabled and able-bodied performers where the music was provided by selected members of Loose Tubes. I have considerably expanded the piece for the brass ensemble, including two improvised solo sections and an important role for the percussion. The piece is probably too much influenced by Gil Evans and Ravel, but I hope this will be taken as a homage to these masters whose feet I am unworthy to.. etc. etc. It is dedicated to the director of that “Tempest”, my wonderful friend Jane Kingshill." D. P.

David Powell is a graduate of London University and the Royal Academy of Music, David has had a long and varied career as a freelance tuba player, teacher, animateur, arranger and composer. Besides working regularly with classical orchestras and contemporary music ensembles, he has played with many great jazz musicians such as Mike Westbrook, John Dankworth and Billy Cobham, he was also a founder-member of Loose Tubes. Recent performing highlights have included a 7 –week tour of 'Star Wars in Concert' around the USA with the RPCO, tours and recordings with Peter Gabriel's 'New Blood Orchestra' and the 2011 summer season as Musical Director at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre with 'Much Ado About Nothing'. David has taken part in music education and community projects for people of all ages and abilities, from babies to elderly people with dementia. He is also organist and choirmaster of the Parish Church of St. Mary Newington in South London.

“The entire programme can be likened to a sumptuous feast, with each track having its own highly delectable and thoroughly satisfying flavour. The CD is surely compulsive listening for all brass and percussion enthusiasts.”

C Brian Buckley
Brass Band World

“Superbrass is superfun ! This Phillip Jones-inspired brass ensemble based in London has recorded a remarkably colorful and engaging CD”

Lydia Van Dreel
The Horn Call Journal of the International Horn Society

“Brilliant technique and superb artistry from all concerned.”

Denis Wick

“Exploding onto the brass music scene with their debut album ‘Under the Spell of Spain’, the depth of versatility and virtuosity within the ranks of Superbrass has firmly secured it's place as one of the greatest large brass ensembles of all time”

Tom Davoren
Brass Band World

"WOW !!!!! all of you should be locked up !!!! What great stuff - the compositions/arrangements, the playing (OUTRAGEOUS !!! ), everything is simply fantastic. (actually - i couldn't have expected anything less ! ) Many, many thanks to you and all for your superb contributions. yet again, you've managed to raise the bar! (an inch or two is ok but a few yards is really unfair !!!!!!!!!! )"

Jiggs Whigham
International Jazz Trombone Soloist, Musical Director, BBC Big Band, President International Trombone Association and Professor Hanns Eisler College of Music, Berlin

“Wow! What a great CD. The playing is superb”

Dr. Robert Childs
Musical Director, Cory Band

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