Literature Analyses

Written by Raymond Birch
(Pseudonym of Charles L. Johnson)
Arranged by Timothy Broege

Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Year Published: 1980 
Difficulty Level: Publisher rating = 3

1999-2002 Texas PML rating = NA (Possible Rating of 3)

Reviewed by: Victoria E. Hays-Spring 2000
Style/Form: Intro (m.1-4); A (m.5-20); B (m.21-35); A' (m.36-47); Trio (m.48-79); B' (m. 80-end)
Key Signatures:

(concert pitch)

Two flats (m.1-47); Three flats (m.48-79); Two flats (m.80-end)
Time Signatures: Alla Breve (cut time)
Ranges: Woodwinds:
    Flute 1 up to g2, down to b-flat; Flute 2/Oboe up to b-flat1, down to b-flat; Clarinet 1 up to c2, down to c; Clarinet 2 up to f1, down to G; Clarinet 3 up to a-flat, down to G; Bass Clarinet up to f1, down to B-flat; Bassoons up to c, down to BBB-flat, Alto Sax  up to g1, down to f-sharp; Tenor Sax up to f1, down to f
    Trumpet 1 up to g1, down to c; Cornet 2 up to e1, down to B; Trumpet 3 up to c1, down to A; Horn in F up to b-flat, down to F; Trombone 1 up to e, down to BB-flat; Trombone 2 up to c, down to BB- flat; Baritone BC up to e-flat, down to AA-flat; Baritone TC up to f1, down to B-flat; Bass up to BB-flat, down to AAA -flat
Rhythms: Winds:
    Level 3 
    Level 2
Instrumentation: Flute 1, Flute 2, Oboe, Clarinet 1, Clarinet 2, Clarinet 3, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax , Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Trumpet 3, Horn in F, Trombone 1, Trombone 2, Trombone 3, Baritone TC, Baritone BC, Bells, Percussion
Percussion: (4 players) Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Woodblock, Bells
Conductor Score: Semi  score (7 lines for winds, 3 lines for percussion)
Length/Timing: 2 minutes, 24 seconds (95 measures)
  • Publisher indicates that this piece is playable by an advanced junior high band
  • Staccato markings are indicated by the composer to be "interpreted gently"
  • Melody primarily in upper winds and trumpets
  • Horns play traditional after-beats
  • Horns and saxes share the melody at the beginning of the trio
  • Much syncopation in the upper woodwinds
  • Second flute and oboe are on the same page
  • Clarinet III stays under the break
  • Baritone TC, Bass Clarinet, and Tenor Sax have the same part
  • Bass and Bassoon have the same part
  • Percussion part contains rolls, flams, and a rim shot

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