One Rosette


“They were as sublime as the moon and stars above them, and the moon and stars were as ardent as they.” Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Henry Balfour Gardiner (1877-1950)
Shepherd Fennel’s Dance (1911)

John Ireland (1879-1962)
Mai-Dun (Maiden Castle) (1920-21)

Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
Egdon Heath, Op. 47 (1927)


R. V. Williams (1872 – 1958)
Three Impressions For Orchestra (1902)

Burley Heath
The Solent
Harnham Down

R. V. Williams
Intermezzo from ‘The Incidental Music to the Mayor of Casterbridge’ (1950)

Weyhill Fair

Richard Rodney Bennett (1936-2012)
Suite: Far From the Madding Crowd (1967)

Far From the Madding Crowd
The Storm
Fanny & Troy
Bathsheba & Troy



And The Earth In Your Bones Returns To the Ground
Harold Farberman (1929 – 2018 )
The Great American Cowboy Suite (1979)

Breakout and Ride – Championship Belts, Ropes and Saddles – Head to Head Competition – Title and Oldest Living Cowboy – Killer Horse – Mud Rodeo – Clowns – Prelude to Bull Wrestling – Back Home

Aaron Copland (1900 – 1990)
The Tender Land: Suite (1958)

I. Introduction and Love Music
II. Party Scene
III. Finale: The Promise of Living


Michael Kamen (1948 – 2003)
The New Moon in the Old Moon’s Arms (2001)

Dubbed the composer’s “first classical symphony,” is a four-part symphonic poem inspired by the Native American Anasazi people. The title of the album is quoted from an Iroquai Indian who Kamen met as a little boy and symbolizes “a glimpse of the future in the light of the past.” As a committed humanist and a devotee to the American Indian, Kamen chose to mark the new millennium with a symphony that tells a story about the past that makes us consider the future with a message of compassion and humanity.  Kamen’s untimely passing in 2003 was one of the greatest losses to American Music.



From Saginaw to the New Jersey Turnpike

Elmer Bernstein (1922-2004)
To Kill A Mockingbird Suite (1962)

Michel Legrand (1932-)
A Piece of Sky (Arr. K. Purcell/from the Motion Picture ‘Yentl’) (1983)

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
Somewhere (Orig. Arr. by D. Foster | Arr. for Orch. by K.Purcell/from the Musical, ‘West Side Story’) (1961)
Randy Newman (1943-)
The Natural (End Title) (1984)
Ennio Morricone (1928-)
Deborah’s Theme from ‘Once Upon A Time in America’ (1984)
The Untouchables (Main Title) (1987)

Paul Simon (1941-)
America (Arr. K.Purcell) (1968)


Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
Symphony No.1 in One Movement, op.9 (1931)


1ros A concert with one rosette is an excellent program for engaging new audiences.

2ros Two rosette programs present either works of lesser-known composers whose works I particularly admire; or pieces that have been unjustly neglected over the years, and which should be performed more regularly.

3ros Three rosette programs are a deeply considered exploration of a composer, or works composed in response to, or contemporaneous with, significant moments in history.