Júbilo, Júbilo! (2013)

Judd Street Collection (publ. March 2014)
Duration: approx. 4:00 

Requested by Dr Stephen Cobb for UK Salvation Army's 2013 Territorial Youth Band course, Júbilo, Júbilo! (pronounced 'who-bi-loh', translates Joy, Joy! or Rejoice, Rejoice!) is a lively tour de force in the Latin Big-Band genre. It seeks to celebrate everything good about faith and life and features two choruses: Righteousness, Peace, Joy and a song learned by many in childhood, I am H-A-P-P-Y!
It features a dedicated solo trumpet part with solo sections and screaming octaves. There is a flugel horn solo too and the percussion line is one of those parts that's....well let's just say, 'open to interpretation' and can be played by as many players as you like!

The piece opens with a bold and stately full-band section that quickly breaks free into a lively two-in-the-bar vivace. Here the percussion section are 'let loose' and Spanish shouts and cheers are heard from the band. After that the main motif is presented by the horn section twice, second time with fuller scoring, and then we move into the trumpet and flugel solos:

Sample score pages
Jubilo Jubilo1 p5-7.pdf Jubilo Jubilo1 p5-7.pdf
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Type : pdf

 Computer generated track


Jubilo - excerpt.mp3


E flat horns - main motif 

Trumpet solo - first eight bars 

Flugel solo - first six bars 

After the solos there's a diversion into a famous Latin-American tune and then we arrive at Righteousness, Peace, Joy.  There's a recapitulation of the second, fully-scored main motif and then the trombone section proudly (and loudly) proclaim I am h-a-p-p-y. The key then changes and the full-band presents the same chorus and the piece ends in an entertaining way that I hope will put a smile on the face of those who listen, as well as those who play.

How did an Englishman living in Northern Ireland at the time, get inspiration to write in a South American style? Well the horn riff was going on in my head for a while and when I came to write it down, it seemed quite at home alongside a Latin syncopated bass line, congas and the like. Then when I came to research what kind of music it sounded like, the closest I could find was music from the Latin Big Band scene. 

Righteousness, peace, Joy in the Holy Ghost,
Righteousness, peace and Joy in the Holy Ghost,
That's the kingdom of God! 

Don't you want to be a part of the kingdom
Don't you want to be a part of the kingdom
Don't you want to be a part of the kingdom
Come on everybody!

Helena Barrington
Copyright © 1988 Integrity's Praise! Music/Adm. by Kingsway's Thankyou Music.

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