The Lark

Traditional Balkan
Jock McKenzie
£ 16.00 

“The Lark” (Ciocârlia in Romanian) is a traditional Romanian gypsy tune, relentlessly performed over the years by countless “Lautari” (traditional Balkan musicians)

  • 4 Trumpets
  • 1 Horn in F
  • 4 Trombones
  • 1 Tuba
  • 1 Drum Kit




“The Lark” (Ciocârlia inRomanian) is a traditional Romanian gypsy tune, relentlessly performed over the years by countless “Lautari” (traditional Balkan musicians). It is thought that Anghelus Dinicu first performed a version of this in 1889 for the inauguration of the Eiffel Tower. A more standardised version featuring violin was made popular particularly within the Balkan community by Anghelus’ grandson GrigorasIonica Dinicu. This arrangement for brass dectet is typical of the version popular with today’s Balkan Brass Bands. Whatever the structure and instrumentation “The Lark” has become a staple of the Balkan repertoire. The incessant trills and ornamentation (notated or improvised) imitate the sound of birdsong.

Jock McKenzie studied trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester where he was a joint recipient of the college’s concerto prize. Since 1987 Jock has based his musical career in Hampshire, working as a freelance trumpeter, conductor, composer, arranger and brass teacher. Currently Jock holds the position of Professional Leader (Brass) for Hampshire Music Service and is the Director of the Hampshire County Youth Band. It is the mix of all of these musical roles that has led to Jock establishing a reputation as a leading creator of brass music resources, particularly in the field of education and brass ensemble music.

The Brass Herald

Lyndon Chapman

"Who but the best professionals could live up to this ?... Everything about this disc is to be recommended, the recording is crystal clear and the playing and arranging of the first water”

Dr. Paul Sarcich

“Another impressive offering then from Superbrass, and a worthy successor to their excellent debut disc”

Dr. Gavin Dixon

“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

“This intriguing "water-borne" voyage runs the gamut from more classically-tinged interpretations to straight-ahead and improvised jazz. Along that journey we are treated to a highly inspired and masterfully presented performance.”

Nicholas F. Mondello

“An absorbing selection of refined choices and inspirational highlights. Marvellous."

Keith Ames

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