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This may only make sense to Brits :) --- it's the theme tune for Saturday afternoon sport on the BBC in the 1970s and 80s. I've often said that if I wrote a single tune as good as this I'd die happy, and I say that completely without sarcasm.


It's played in D on a C-core Jeffries duet. The chord structure to this tune is really lovely but a pig to play on the Jeffries! Sadly there's no way of reproducing the timpani glissando in the first section...



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I much prefer the original Grandstand theme, "News Scoop" composed by Herbert Leonard Stevens and used between 1958 and 1971.


But then I'm probably showing my age!


Must find the dots and give it a go....

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Thanks folks --


Gavin -- yes, definitely south of 50 at the moment!


John -- I confess I was lazy with the articulation of the repeated semiquavers on D taken by the xylophone in the original and used bellows rather than fingers... Some of the chord changes are hilariously counter-intuitive on Jeff duet but you're a brave man to attempt that lovely not-quite-circle-of-5th modulation passage on a C/G!


Now, I must keep that Blankety-Blank pledge...

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