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Ides March was commissioned by William Brine in 1990, BermelÆs first commission. Brine requested that the work be a march suitable for performance at both a wedding and a funeral. Although originally titled BrineÆs March, when the composer learned that the march was to receive its premiere on 15 March, he changed the title to Ides March in a humorous nod to the Shakespearean admonition Beware the Ides of March; in his youthful view a sentiment appropriate for either a wedding or a funeral. However, a line from Cole Porter was the inspiration behind the major key to minor key interplay of the work: æWhat could be any finer? But how strange the change from major to minor, every time we say goodbyeÆ, a line that captured the composerÆs attempt to write a march that did justice to both the melancholy and triumphant.

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    Alfred 12-0571564887 Ides March - Music Book

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