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Merritts Hill Music

Stop The World - I Want To Get Off! - Overture


Category: 10-piece Brass

Duration: 3' 30"

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The rarely performed musical "Stop The World - I Want to Get Off!" was written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley and opened in July 1961 at the Queen’s Theatre, London, where it ran for 485 performances, followed by 555 on Broadway! Newley directed the production and starred as Littlechap, with Anna Quayle in the role of Evie. Newley and Bricusse are probably now remembered more for their music for Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory which included The Candy Man, Pure Imagination and Oompa Loompa.

Set against the backdrop of a circus, the action-packed overture sets the scene for the antics of Littlechap, a humble-born Cockney “everyman” who rises to the top of English society. Starting and ending with a theatrical flourish of trills from the trumpets, it includes the songs I Want to Be Rich, What Kind of Fool Am I? and L.U.M.B.E.R.E.D. - Lumbered!, before teasing with quotes from Gonna Build a Mountain then finally launching into Once in a Lifetime. It ends with a typical circus frantic playout and a reminder of "Just once in a lifetime...a man knows his moment" before a final ta-da! at the end.

This arrangement by Antonio Socci condenses the original orchestral arrangement to a 10-piece brass ensemble. The tunes pass effortlessly between Trumpet 1, Trombone 1 and French Horn, with full support throughout from the lower brass and opportunities for all trumpets to shine. Original horn lines give air and shape to the beautiful melodies.

A great overture for any concert (straight into the Gabrieli...?)

Includes duplicate parts for E flat horn, treble clef trombones and E flat or B flat bass.

This arrangement © TRO Essex Music Ltd

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