Fight music

for 8 players
2009
Philip Venables

Fight music was commissioned by Endymion for their
Sound Census festival in celebration of their 30th anniversary

Performance materials are available on hire.

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Fight music
Philip Venables
Duration c.5 minutes

Fight music is a scene from a chamber opera that I’m working on called Les Bâtisseurs
D’Empire (The Empire Builders), adapted from the Boris Vian play of the same name. The
opera is a violent, surreal comment on war and colonisation. This music accompanies a
fight scene where members of the family and their maid savagely beat a bandaged
mysterious figure lurking in the corner while discussing what they’ll eat for dinner. It’s
absurdist cartoon horror.
Fight music was commissioned by Endymion, in celebration of their 30th Anniversary in
2009. It was first performed in the concert hall at Kings Place, London, by Endymion,
conducted by Quentin Poole, on 5th June 2009. The premiere performance was recorded
by NMC Recordings and is available on disc.
Fight music is dedicated to the players of Endymion.
PV

Instrumentation
Flute
Clarinet in B flat
Trumpet in B flat
Trombone (with F attachment)
Percussion (1 player): 4 tom-toms, from low to high
Piano
Violoncello
Contrabass

Performance notes
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

The piece should be conducted.
The cellist has a solo role and may need to sit out of the ensemble to facilitate
projection.
The score is at transposed pitch.
Accidentals apply for a whole bar, only to the octave indicated. Some reminders are
given.
Trumpet and trombone may need to use straight mutes throughout to balance with
the rest of the ensemble but maintain a hard attack and a brazen, brassy sound.

5

Fight music
(a scene from an opera)

q = 128, Punchy, raw



  



Flute  
 
   
f always staccato

Clarinet in Bb

Trumpet in Bb


      
   




              




f always staccato

 


   
           
 
 
     
  

  


 
      

  





           

f always staccato

          

 



     
  
 
 




  
      






    
    



  

Trombone 

Philip VENABLES (b. 1979)


              

 

     







f always staccato




   

Piano




    
    

f always staccato


 
 




       

 
   
 

 
 
  


   




    

q = 128, Punchy, raw

Tom-toms


   
f


  
Violoncello

ff

    
Contrabass 
 
pizz.




   

f always staccato



  


  
 

arco


   



 

 

  
  




 
    

  

    


 

pizz.

6

 

(2+3)
 





Fl.
                     

  




sffz-p
 




  

Cl.   
                   

   
sffz-p
   



 
                 
Tpt. 
      


   

sffz-p

 
 
 
 
    
              








    
 
 
Tbn. 

A 


 

     

5

Pno.

 

sffz-p

Fl.

 

10






  

 
Cb. 

 
  

 
    
 
     
Vc.

Tom-t.



Tbn.

Pno.

Tom-t.

   


  
  


 


 


 


 

 

 

  

 

ff





 



    





         

  
 

 

sffz-p



     

  
 



  


 

 


 

      
   

  


 







  
A
    


   

ff

pizz.
     

sffz-p



  
  


                









      



    

f

arco




  
     
     
 
  


 
 
 

          


          
   

   


 


  


           





     
  

 
     
 


Vc.

Cb.


   

    
 

Tpt.     

Cl.

 



       
f
      
 


f

         

sffz-p


 

  

f




f

  
      

 



       

         
 

          

  
 
    
 


  



  
    





   

sffz-p
sffz-p
arco 
pizz.



  
          


 
  




    



14

Fl.

Cl.

Tpt.

Tbn.

Pno.

Tom-t.

Vc.



    
     
  
  
 

  
 


     


 


 
  












  

ff

Cb.






  
               

 


                      



 
          


      
   
 



 

 
       
      

 
 

















  
               



   

B

  
 



  






 



   
 





ff




  
                  






  

     

  

19

Fl.

 
  

Vc.

  
Cb. 



    


Tpt.

Tbn.

Pno.

Tom-t.


  

 


  

 

sffz-p



 
 

 

 
    
 

  


  
     


 
  



   
  

 








   
      
      
    

 
   




 



 

Cl.

7

 
  
 

      
     
 

B 
 










  

         
  




 
   
 
 
 

ff

 


 














        

pizz.



   



 

  


   
 
arco

 
 


 





  

  

  

  


 
   
  

 
 
  


 

   
 



  

   
    

C





 
       

 
  


 


     




    



arco

   
 


   



          

    
 


   
   
 








   
 
    


       


C


  



  
       







 

pizz.

         

8


 
24

Fl.

  

 
 

      

      
   



   
   

 
    






       
  

    


  
      
  

       


 
    




     

 




 
 











   
 
  






 
 
 
  


 

  

  
 

  
Tpt.  
 
   

Tbn. 

Cl.

Pno.

Tom-t.

 

 

 
Vc.



     
Cb. 



     

     

pizz.
arco 

  
   
  

(3+2+2)
28
        
Fl.  




Cl.   
      


 

         


       




Tbn. 


 

       



  


Pno.
  
  
  
    




 
D




Tom-t.  





         
  

Vc.
  

 
  

sffz-p




 
ff

 









   

 

     

  
  


  








 


  



  
 
   

   
   


 











 












             
 
 
 
 


 


arco

sffz-p

  
 

      
   

 

    
  
   
  








  

 

        
   

  
  



  


   

D

Tpt.

     
Cb. 





   



 



 

ff

   
 


 
  

  




  



  

  

sffz-p

ff


    

 

32

Fl.

Cl.

Tpt.

Tbn.

Pno.

Tom-t.


 




       





 


 
   

 
 














(3+2)


  
 



                          

  
 
     





        
  
   
     

            
  








 
 
  
     
          



 
 




 
          
  






 
  




E
 
 








  
 

  
          

  
Vc.
 
Cb. 

II
I



  

 


37

  
    
Fl. 
  
  
Cl.     
 




       
 
      
Tbn. 

Tpt.

Pno.

Tom-t.


   


  


  


 

sffz-p

 
   

 





 

 




 


  



  arco 

           



       




ff

    

 
 


 

      


 
     

    
  





       




pizz.

ff

pizz.


 
 

 

  


 
 

      
 
  
 


 














  

 


 
 


 
   

  

 
      
Vc.
Cb.

9

E

 
 
     


        



  

   
    





    

 

sffz-p

     


    

 
     

  


   

 

  


 


    

ff

  



  
   
    
   

  
  

         
  
   




 

      




 

 


   
  

   




 


 

  











  


10
Fl.

F
41
 



Cl.  
Tpt.

Tbn.

Pno.

Tom-t.

 


 



   

   

F




Tom-t.






 
Vc.











Cb. 
   

    



  

   

    
 
     

 


   



   

sffz-p


 

  





 
    


  
   
 

 



      
  
 



  


     

 

     

      


 
          




 




     




pizz.
arco
 
 
 arco



    
   

 




     
 

ff

ff

    
   




  



      



      








          
  



          

 

G

          




 

  


 
Cl.          
  

Pno.

sffz-p


 

 

       
  
    




Tbn. 

 

 



 

    


   

   



Cb. 

 
 

G
46
   
 
Fl.    
 




  


  
 
  
 

      


  
   

Vc.

Tpt.

  









 

f

sffz-p




    
 


    
 
 
   
    
 

 


  




mf









 
        


 

sffz-p



   


f






  


  






    




    

sffz-p

 










 


        
 
  


   


  
  
 
 

      
   


 
 

  


 
 


  
    
 
         
sffz-p


 

  
  

  





    
       

 

 

 
 
 
 


 




  

sffz-p



    

pizz.

Fl.

H    


     



      

 
         




 
  



 

   










     
  

 
   


                  
       



 
          




        



      

 

       


    



f





   
 






 






 









     


     
  
         




 




 
H


 

  
       
  
 

 

51

(2+2+3)


Cl.  
Tpt.

Tbn.

Pno.

Tom-t.

 


 





 



  
Vc.


 

 
    

arco

Cb.

Fl.

Cl.


   

55

  


   

  


Tbn. 
Tpt.

Pno.

Tom-t.

Vc.

 


 
 

     
  

 


 

 

 
     
sffz-p

  

pizz.

Cb.


 
   
ff


   

ff





       

ff

       

  
 
  


 
 
 


   


  



   



   





    

  
   






  


 
  

 
  






 




ff

pizz.

 
 

 


   

   



I
 



II
I





 





  



 
 

 
   

 
 

  


    


  
 
  



   


    
  

arco




 

    

I
(2+3)



   
          


 


 


   

11




   

 
 

 
 

  


 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 


  





 
   


 
 


 

12


           

 

59

Fl.

Cl.



       

 
 


    

Pno.

Tom-t.

Vc.

Cb.

Fl.


             
  


 


  





 
 





 

 

   
Tpt. 

 

    

Pno.


 
      



 
  


 

sffz-p

ff


   

 

     
      

 





ff


 

ff




  




 



 

ff

  







 

 

  
  
   



     

sffz-p


   

   

Vc.

Tom-t.



sffz-p




  

63



Cl.  

Tbn.






  


  

 

     
  
 
 

 
  
Tbn. 
 
Tpt.


   



 



sffz-p







 
 
    






  

sffz-p
arco

J



    

  

     

 



 
   sffz-p
ff

        
 


   

  
  




J

   

  

    

 


  


sffz-p

  


         



 
 
       
 


      
mf
 
     

       
 








 



  

 
    

 

mf



 














   

Cb. 
 








arco

ff




 

sffz-p

ff

   
  

  
 



  
 
   
 


 

 

 

 


 
       
   
   
  
 

        


 
 
K



      
 




        




  


 
      

pizz.

K






               

mf

ff

 

     
 



   


68

Fl.

Cl.



 


 


 

  
Tbn. 
Tpt.

Pno.

Tom-t.







    


 
   


  

 13
  L


 
          
   
   



 
 

 

   




   









  




 


 



   
 
      
   




 


        
  



   




   
            
   





  
 

      


     



 
 
       
   
  
 







L












     
 

    





  




    

    



   





   

    

sffz-p
 


        
Cb. 




72

   
Fl. 

   

   


Cl. 
 


   
Tpt. 
  
 
       





Tbn. 
Vc.

Pno.

Tom-t.

    
 
 
   


Vc.

Cb.



  
 


    

(2+2+3)

sffz-p




   

sffz-p


   
 

ff

  


 


   
   
 

   
 
     



 




  
sffz-p
f
  

  

   


sffz-p


   


M 


    
  

 

 

  

     
 
 

    
  

  

 
  



 





 
  



  


    


           


 


M

 
 
  


  


 

   


(2+3)  
          
      

 
   
        


  
 

    
         
     
  

 

   
     




  




    





  
 


   

sffz-p

sffz




    






14

76


   

Fl.  

   
 
 
 
 
Cl.  
  
 

   
  
Tpt.     
 
  
 
      

Tbn. 

Pno.

sffz-p

 

  

Vc.

Tom-t.

Fl.

Cl.

 

80










 


 

Pno.

Tom-t.

Vc.

Cb.

 
 

 

 




   



  

            

  
  

 

 





   



   

  


      
  
  
   
   
          

 
 
sffz-p

  



 



 
        




  



N
   

sffz-p

ff


  
 
ff




O  



   



 
   

 
O
   
 
 


 



        



   

 

sfz-p






   
 

  
 


    

  

  
      
 


   


  
            


 
   
ff aggressively

 

    













  
 

 


   

 

        




  
 


          
      
 
 
       


  

 


     



   

       
   


 

    




  
        
 
 
 
ff aggressively

 
  

     
  
 

  


Tbn. 

  



 
 

  

sffz-p

Tpt.

 



N
 
   
 

    
  

      



       

      
  


   

sffz-p


  
Cb. 

 

sffz-p


  


   



 


p


p

 


 


 

 

86

Fl.

Cl.

Tpt.


 









ff

  





 
 
 

  


 

ff




Pno.

   



 

 



Cl.  
92

Fl.

Tpt.

 


 

Tbn. 


   

     

Pno.

Cb.





 


 

  



 



p


    


 



   
  

    

15

sfz-p

ff


 
   

   
   
 


 
  




   




 
   

    
   

                       






 



  




 
 

 

    
     

  
     
   
  
   
         

  
 



   




     

(2+2+3)


      




 
 
        






      

 
   

 
   








      
    




 



  
  


 





P

      
 

   
  
    

 
   

 






   

 
  











 

  

      

p

   

ff


ff



  

 


sfz-p

P

 





    

 


            


ff

   

         

   
  


     

 
       


 

  
    



         

 

Vc.

Tom-t.

  
  

  
 





         
Tom-t.  
 


 


Vc.


Cb.

   

ff

Tbn.

  

        

    

 

    


 

 


 
 

  
 



  

       




16

  

      
 
  

 
 

96

Fl.

Cl.

Tpt.

Tbn.

Pno.

 

 

  

  


  
 
  
 

 

 


   



  

 


 




 


 


  


 


  

 

    
 
  
Tom-t.
 

 

                        
 

Vc.


  

sffz-p

sffz-p







Cb. 
    



100   


    
Fl. 
Cl.

Tpt.

Tbn.

Pno.

Tom-t.







 

 

sffz-p



   

   
 

  
 

  

  
 



 

   



   
    
 


Vc.

sffz-p

Cb.

 


 
    

sffz-p




 



  
 





  
  




sffz-p

(2+3)

Q

      



     
  
   

sffz-p

ff

sffz-p

  
sffz-p












            

  

  
    
  



 
 




 


 
      


 

     
 

         



   

 
 


   



  





 

  
 
 

             
 
 
 



 
    
   

   
 



 


  

   
 

Q


      

  

 

 







 
  

    
     

             
   


       


 
      
        


 
  
  

  








     
 
   
 




     
 
  


    



 

 


   

ff


 
    



    

 








    
  


 

sffz-p



  

ff aggressively


 

 
   
 
103

Fl.


Cl.  
Tpt.

 





  
Tbn. 

Pno.

Tom-t.

 
   


  



  

 

 
  

17





 

   


 

 


 

     

 
  
 
 

 


 

    
  

 
Vc.


 

  

   
  

    
sffz-p
 

  
  
   
sffz-p

     
 

    
 


(2+3+2)
106






    

Fl.  

       
 

  







Cl.  

 
  
 
 
  
    


    
Tpt.  

Cb.

   
  

Tbn. 

  
  
Pno.

   
 
 

 
 

   
 

 

     
 

  

        
  

        
 
Vc.

 

Tom-t.



 

fff

R
 
    
  
  






  
  



 
  
 






    
 

    

   




 

  
   

      
 




  
  
 

  
     

 
  


   
 

 
   






  
 
 
R





    

 

ff





 


 


  




 
Cb. 
    

 
   

ff

  
    
 

ff



       
   
 

 
 
 
(2+3)

 
      
  
   
    
  



   
     
    

  

      
   

    
   




 
   
   
 
  
  

   

 




   

       
  



  

 


   
     

   
  

    
 
    

 


 

     
      



 

 






  

   


  
fff

     
 

18

 
 

 
    


       

109

Fl.

Cl.

Tpt.

Tbn.

Pno.


 
 



  

   

 
  
 

  

  

  

 






  

 


 






 

 




 

 

  

 


 




 
   

     

 

  

  
Vc.

Tom-t.




  






 
        

 
  







    
 

 




  

 
 
   
        
 
    
 
              
 


  

   



  
 


 






        
 

 


 
       


 






    
        
 
     
Cb. 



  
              
         
 


S Very slow (q = 50). Reflective but intense
112
    






Fl.  


  
Cl.  
sffz

    
Tpt.  
sffz

  
Tbn. 

sffz




 
sffz

Pno.

sffz


   


 
sffz

   
Vc.

Tom-t.





   
  



S



p

    

Very slow (q = 50). Reflective but intense

 



   

  

      


   

 3


    

f always legato, freely

Cb.

   
 
sffz


  



 

3



   3 
 


19

    

    

118

Pno.

 
Vc.
Cb.


 

mf

ppp

mf




   


   

  
 
Vc.






Cb. 
 

 




 

mf

ppp






 

   

ppp

p

    

mf

ppp

Vc.


   

 

 



 
Cb. 


132

Pno.

 



 

 

   

Vc.
3

Cb.



 

ppp




p


 

 

mf

ppp



    


 

mf

f

mf




  


  

ppp





gliss.


 


 

mf

ppp


  



    




 
p

ff



 

mf


  
 
  


   


ppp

mf


  


   3
   

 

ff


 

mf


    


ppp



ppp


  

 

mf


 



 
I
II





 

mf

129

Pno.


 


 


 

 

ppp


3
  

 

mf


   

 



     

    




       


 3 



  

con sord.

124

Pno.

  
 
3


       

 


 

 


  
  


 





ppp

f



mf





ppp

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