A pastiche on baroque techniques, this delightfully varied work is ideal for amateur orchestras. It is a concertante written as a companion piece to Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.4. Taking its title from the poem The South Country by Hilaire Belloc, Great Hills is inspired by the locality of Shipley, the connections are not only pastoral but historic, literary, and musical (the first movement is a dedication to a Stradivarius violin belonging to an ancestral family of the town). Premiered in May 2007 at the Shipley Arts Festival.
Cecilia McDowall (b.1951)
I: Prelude: Lady Blunt's Stradivarius
II: Passacaglia: The still night
III: Perpetuum Mobile: Belloc's Mill