Literature Analyses

Written by Anne Mcginty

Publisher: Queenwood Publications
Year Published: 1985
Difficulty Level: Publisher rating = 1

1995-98 Texas PML rating = Grade 1

Reviewed by:  Pedro Carrillo-Fall 2000
Style/Form: Program piece. Sections of music designed  around imagery of clouds. Beginning is cirrus, m. 23 is thundercloud, m.46 is cumulus.
Key Signatures:

(concert pitch)

Two flats 
Time Signatures: 3/4 (m.1 - m.23); 4/4 (m.23 - m.40); 3/4 (m.40 - end)
Ranges: Woodwinds:
    Flute up to b2, down to b; Clarinet  down to G; Tenor Sax down to B (one time)
    Trumpet down to c; Horn in F up to a , down to B 
Rhythms: Winds:
    Level 1
    Level 1
Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet 1, Clarinet 2,  Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Cornet 1, Cornet 2, Horn in F 1,  Trombone /Baritone TC/Basoon, Tuba, Bells/Triangle/Suspended Cymbal/Snare Drum/Bass Drum, Tambourine
Many instruments are optional , one or more will enhance the sound , but are not required
Percussion: Bells, Triangle/Crash Cymbal/Tambourine, Snare drum, Bass drum
Conductor Score: Condensed score
Length/Timing: 2 minutes, 30 seconds (67 measures)
  • Dynamics are from p to ff
  • Crescendo and decrescendo greatly used
  • Low sustained notes in many instruments
  • Bell solo in last three measures
  • Ad lib section in m.31 for bells
  • 8 to 10 second fermata in m.31
  • Many of the instruments are optional 

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