Paul Denegri
£ 16.50 

Leviathan began its evolution as a work inspired by the poem written by Heathcote Williams entitled; Whale Nation.

  • 4 Trumpets
  • 1 Horn in F
  • 4 Trombones
  • 1 Tuba
  • Trumpets 2, 3 and 4 double on Flugel




Leviathan began its evolution as a workshop work inspired by the poem written by Heathcote Williams entitled; Whale Nation. At the time of this workshop the tentet brass repertoire existed of extremely well written original or arranged works of a lighter nature but there was a shortage of works with a greater emotional depth and edge, hence Leviathan’s early conception as an atmospheric and emotive work. The workshop piece explored whale sound and song and was a 25-minute work in two parts. After many years of the workshop sketches sitting dormant the new work Leviathan is a much shorter and concise work. It contains only one of the original melodic themes of the workshop work. Leviathan is driven and underpinned by melodic and rhythmic elements. It is a programmed work following the awe inspiring majestic might and beauty of whales through to a hunt scene, the chase and the ultimate demise of earth’s largest mammal.

Paul has been Head of Brass and Orchestral Studies at Wells Cathedral Specialist Music School since 1986. He is recognised nationally as an outstanding and innovative trumpet/brass teacher and was awarded an Honorary Associate of The Royal Academy of Music in 2008 for services to the music profession. At Trinity College of Music where he studied Trumpet with Iaan Wilson he also studied composition and arranging under the inspirational tutorship of Dr Brian Blackwood. Dr Blackwood’s beliefs of not being afraid to write from the heart and well constructed melodic and rhythmic driven principals, all at a time when melody was considered tame, has remained with Paul to this day. Paul's first work for brass tentet, NAMAN received critical acclaim following its commercial release by The Harper Ensemble. As part of his compositional credits and away from an extensive brass output Paul has written four full-length musicals. Three of which were commissions that have premiered on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in the last six years. Subsequently he formed PANDON which is dedicated to new musical theatre for young people. As well as his work at Wells Cathedral School, Paul still remains a busy freelance musician. For many years he was a member of The London Festival Orchestra with whom he undertook many solo performances and recordings. As well as performing he continues to follow an extensive career as a composer, arranger, adjudicator, conductor, animateur and mentor. As a brass coach he works regularly with the National Youth Wind Orchestra, National Children's Orchestra, National Children’s Wind Orchestra, National Youth Wind Ensemble and many of the UK’s leading county orchestras. His other conducting duties have taken him as far afield as South Africa, Scandinavia, Malaysia, USA and Greece.

“This is joyous stuff; an intelligent, coherent crossover disc, performed with phenomenal punch. Brilliantly recorded too – what’s the point of assembling a collective of virtuoso brass players if they can’t make your ears bleed ?”

Graham Rickson

The Brass Herald

Lyndon Chapman
“Simply some of the most exciting and triumphant brass playing I have ever heard!”

“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

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

Dr. Robert Childs
Musical Director, Cory Band

“Every now and again a recording that is both truly outstanding and will have great appeal to brass band listeners appears on the shelves. We are delighted to make it the first recipient of our CD of the Year Editors Award.”

Kenneth Crookston
British Bandsman

“This is a wonderfully charismatic disc with playing of the highest quality. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”

David Bremner
The Mouthpiece
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