Literature Analyses

Bosnian Folk Songs
Written by Fred J. Allen

Publisher: TRN Music Publisher, Inc.
Year Published: 1997 
Difficulty Level: Publisher rating = n/a

1999-2002 Texas PML rating = Grade 2

Reviewed by: Thomas Esperiqueta - Spring 2000
Style/Form:  Moderate - Allegro Ritmico - Moderate - Introduction (m.1 - m.6); Theme A (m.7 - m.14); Theme B (m.15 - m.24); Theme A (m.25 - m.32); Theme B (m.33 - m.41); Allegro section - Transition (m.42 - m.43); Variation of Theme A  with Trumpet 1 and Alto Sax 1 solo (m.44 - m.51); Tutti (m.52 - m.59); Variation of Theme A and B (m.60 - m.66); Moderate section - Layering of Theme A and B (m.67 - m.74); Grandioso of Theme A in augmentation (m.75 - m.82); Theme B with variation (m.83 - m.90); Coda with Euphonium solo on Theme A (m.91 - m.98)
Key Signatures:

(concert pitch)

One flat (m.1 - m.41); Four flats (m.42 - m.66); One flat (m.67 - m.98)
Time Signatures: 4/4
Ranges: Woodwinds:
    Flute 1 up to g2 down to d; Flute 2 up to f2 down to d; Clarinet 1 up to b1; Clarinet 2 up to e1 down to F-sharp; Clarinet 3 up to e1 down to F-sharp; Bass Clarinet up to d1 down to E; Alto Sax 1 up to d2 down to d; Alto Sax 2 down to d; Tenor Sax up to g1; Bari Sax up to a1
    Trumpet 1 up to g1; Trumpet 2 up to e1; Trumpet 3 up to e1; Trombone 2 up to d; Baritone down to AA-flat
Rhythms: Winds:
    Level 3
    Level 3
Instrumentation: Flute 1, Flute 2, Oboe, Clarinet 1, Clarinet 2, Clarinet 3, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Sax 1, Alto Sax 2, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Trumpet 3, 1st and 2nd  Horns in F, Trombone 1, Trombone 2, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion 1, Percussion 2, Percussion 3, Timpani
Percussion: 5 - 6 Players - Bells, Vibraphone, Tambourine, Crash Cymbals, Triangle, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Timpani (4 drums)
Conductor Score: Full Score (19 lines)
Length/Timing: 4 minutes, 25 seconds (98 measures)
  • Explores different areas of articulation from legato to staccato
  • All trumpets use straight mutes for four measures
  • Use of alot of syncopation - comes from the folk song
  • Several areas of solos in Flute 1, Clarinet 1, Bassoon, Alto Sax 1, and Trumpet 1
  • Horn part uses divisi only once for four measures
  • Contains three large areas - Moderate (F major), Fast (F minor), Moderate (F major)
  • Faster part uses alot of sixteenth notes
  • Trombone uses glissando for four measures
  • Only two folk songs are used but explored in a variety of ways
  • Score contains program notes
  • Timpani uses 4 drums

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