Literature Analyses

Blue Mountain Saga
Written by  Stephen Bulla

Publisher: Curnow Music Press Inc.
Year Published: 1995 
Difficulty Level: Publisher rating = 2

1995-98 Texas PML rating = Grade 2

Reviewed by: Pedro Carrillo - Spring 2000
Style/Form: ABAB
Key Signatures:

(concert pitch)

Three flats 
Time Signatures: 4/4 (m.1 - m.18); 3/4 (m.18 - m.53); 4/4 (m.53 - 60); 3/4 (m.60-end)
Ranges: Woodwinds:
    Flute up to c2, down to a; Oboe up, to g1 down to e; Clarinet 1 up, to a1 down to c; Clarinet 2 up to b-flat, down to F sharp; Bass Clarinet up to c, down to E
    Cornet 1 up to f1, down to c; Horn in F 1 up to d1, down to c; Trombone  up to e ,down to E; Baritone up to d-flat, down to AA
Rhythms: Winds:
    Level 3
    Level 3
Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, E-flat Clarinet, Clarinet 1, Clarinet 2,  Bass Clarinet , Bassoon, Alto Sax , Tenor Sax, Bari Sax , Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Horn in F 1,  Trombone 1, Trombone 2,  Baritone TC, Baritone BC, Tuba, Bells, Triangle/Suspended Cymbal/Snare Drum/Bass Drum, Temple Blocks/Slide Whistle/Whip Stick/Tambourine/Woodblock, Timpani
Percussion: Bells, Trangle/Bass Drum/Snare Drum,Temple Blocks/Slide Whistle/Whip Stick/Tambourine/Woodblock, Timpani
Conductor Score: Full score
Length/Timing: 2 minutes, 50 seconds (63 measures)
  • Dynamics are from p to ff
  • Syncopated eight notes throughout 
  • Trumpets utilize straight mutes at m.40
  • Multiple percussion accessory parts
  • Syncopation in all instruments
  • Four tempo/style changes
  • Not all instuments play on repeats 
  • Various accidentals

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