Anglo Music Press said:If you don't mind shelling out for a CD, we recorded all his BB works on the Polyphonic label (over two CDs). These have notes on the piece and a biography by his son.
http://www.brassbandstuff.co.uk/history/brass-bands-1950-1980-1.php'Spectrum' (1969, Open), caused a major uproar due to its use of discords and striking rhythms, but is today a standard test piece, still used by many. The work consists of 7 sections, each representing a different colour of the spectrum, and uses percussion instruments that were previously not allowed in contests. This includes bongos, claves, woodblock, tambourine, triangle, cymbal, side drum, and bass drum.
http://www.stanshawe.fsnet.co.uk/legacy_cd_one.htmSpectrum by Gilbert Vinter conducted by WB Hargreaves (1974)
The 1960s are now seen as a cross-roads in the development of brass band music, and Gilbert Vinter, composer of two works on the first of three Legacy CDs, as a link between traditional band music and developments since 1970. Spectrum, one of his last works, was completed only months before his death from cancer in 1969. It is his most advanced composition, but though regarded by some as outrageously modern at the time, it quickly became established as mainstream repertoire. In it, Vinter painted a sound-picture of the colours of the spectrum, with a significant change. He named the colours as red, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and purple - the change from violet being interpreted by some commentators as a reference to his impending death. The Introduction takes the form of a chromatic ascent from the bottom of the band to the top, where shimmering light gives way to a fiery portrayal of Red. This is followed by a rather exotic Orange, a playful interpretation of Yellow and a peaceful, pastoral Green, with its important soprano cornet solo. Blue is represented by a powerful theme featuring upper cornets, after which a waltz depicting Indigo leads to the soul of the work, a pulsating and almost frightening Purple. The short Coda refers back to the Introduction. RN (Roy Newsome).
brassneck said:- this the Fairey's/Parkes recordings? Not a lot of info. on Spectrum though ... Just mentions that it was considered the most modern of his works and was withdrawn from the 1968 Nationals when 'John O'Gaunt' was used for the Open. It was first used at the 1969 Open. His son, Dr. Andrew Vinter said that the piece left him speechless and devastated. His father was a little surprised of his reaction as it was the one that received the most criticism! Not much about the music though!
- a little more info. ... http://www.brassbandstuff.co.uk/history/brass-bands-1950-1980-1.php
- and just a wee bit more ... http://www.stanshawe.fsnet.co.uk/legacy_cd_one.htm
I did a dissertation on original band music for my degree, one chapter was on Vinter - mostly The Trumpets but there is a bit about Spectrum in there. If you pm your email address I'll send you a copy to look through if it would help. Bear in mind I wrote it in 1994 so some bits of it are a bit out of date.