This highly descriptive work from the pen of Joel Collier will be an excellent choice for bands looking for a test piece, but equally as effective as a concert work.
The composer writes:
‘Britain – from the Latin Britannia, which is itself derived from the Greek Prettanike, originally taken from the Celtic word Pretani, meaning ‘the painted ones’. While Julius Caesar made two brief invasions of Britain in 54 and 55 B.C.E., the real Roman conquest of the Island began in 43 C.E. under emperor Claudius. The conquest spanned decades, and pitted the Roman forces against resistance leaders such as Caratacus and Boudicca – powerful leaders Rome did not fully anticipate. Rome was ultimately victorious, and Londinium became the capital of the new province of Britannia, but even the might of Rome could never subdue the entire island.
The Land of the Painted People is written in six parts. The first three – The Mists of the Plains, Tribal Honor, and Hymn to the Earth – paint a picture of the native Britons prior to the Roman invasion. The latter three – Invasion, Rebellion, and Submission – depict the decades-long struggle against Roman conquest.’