Recently, I’ve been re-watching some of my favourite films. One of them is Brassed Off, a film about a coal mining town in England that’s about to get shut down, and that closure affects the colliery brass band and its members. That band is led by Danny (Pete Postlethwaite), and it also stars Ewan McGregor, Tara Fitzgerald, and Stephen Tompkinson. This film was introduced to me by my beloved high school band teacher, and I remember watching this and was awestruck by the scene where Gloria (Fitzgerald) comes in and shows her mad flugelhorn skills to all the boys in the band. Gloria plays “Adagio”, the second movement from Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo, otherwise known as “Concierto d’Orangejuice”. Below is the scene from the movie where it’s performed.
I absolutely adore this song. I know it is originally composed for a classical guitar, but this brass band arrangement works beautifully, especially the flugelhorn’s timbre fitting perfectly for the solo part! I remember having tears in my eyes upon first listening to this song. This piece really tugs my heartstring! Do give this song a listen, and if you haven’t seen this film, I also recommend it!
ETA: I’ve been told that the first video is not available in the United States (grr!), so I found a different one.