Fodenian (Robert Thornton arr. Edwin Firth)


Fodenian is a cornet polka written for Edwin Firth, the Principal Cornet of Fodens Motor Works Band in the early part of the 20th Century. The centenary of Firth’s death is being recognised in 2018 by today’s Fodens Band, and Phillip Littlemore has carefully reconstructed the music from photocopies of a number of original and handwritten manuscripts.

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The concert cornet polka Fodenian was composed around 1913/14 by Robert Thornton, a composer known today for some delicate piano pieces. It was written for and dedicated to Edwin Firth, the finest cornet player of the day, who set out to arrange it for full band. Unfortunately the original and handwritten manuscripts were destroyed in the fire that engulfed the Foden’s bandroom in April 2016, but photocopies of those same manuscripts have been painstakingly reconstructed to enable its publication ahead of the centenary celebrations for Edwin Firth, who was tragically killed in the First World War in 1918.

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