Literature Analyses

Written by JS Bach
Arranged by  Patrick Wilson

Publisher: Alfred Publishing Co.
Year Published: 1990 
Difficulty Level: Publisher rating = Easy

1999-2002 Texas PML rating = Grade 2

Reviewed by: Paul A. Salinas - Spring 2000
Style/Form: Two Movements  I. Chorale - thru composed.  II. March - AB
Key Signatures:

(concert pitch)

Chorale - 3 flats.  March - 2 flats.
Time Signatures: Chorale - 3/4.  March - 4/4
Ranges: Woodwinds:
    Oboe up to b flat1; Bassoon up to d; Clarinet 1 up to g1, down to c; Clarinet 2 up to g, down to F; Alto Sax down to c
    Cornet 1 up to e1, down to c; Cornet 2 up to c1, down to B; Tuba up to D, down to AAA
Rhythms: Winds:
    Level 2
    Level 1
Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet 1, Clarinet 2, E flat Alto Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Cornet 1, Cornet 2, Horn in F, Trombone, Baritone TC, Baritone BC, Electric Bass, Tuba, Percussion 1, Percussion 2
Percussion: Bells, Crash Cymbal, Timpani, Triangle
Conductor Score: Condensed score (8 lines)
Length/Timing: Chorale - 1 minute 4 seconds (24 measures).  March - 1 minute 46 seconds (44 measures)
  • Chorale rhythms almost identical therefore tuning and balance will be a challenge
  • Dynamics range from mp to f
  • Crash cymbal only "crashes" twice
  • Bassoon, trombone, and baritone parts are identical
  • Timpani has a few rolls
  • Staccato used frequently in March
  • Slurs used on weak and up beats creating a syncopated feel

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