Literature Analyses

Written by Arthur Frackenpohl

Publisher: Shawnee Press Inc.
Year Published: 1964 
Difficulty Level: Publisher rating = 1

1999-2000 Texas PML rating = Grade 1

Reviewed by: Ricardo G. Valdez - Fall 2000
Style/Form: Prelude - Three part form with the middle section (m.9-16) in the parallel (or tonic) minor.  March - Main theme (m.1-10) a variation on the theme combined with a counter melody (m.11-20) a tutti; interlude in two-part counterpoint (m.21-31) a return of the main theme with another counter melody (m.32-42) and a short Coda or ending. 
Key Signatures:

(concert pitch)

One flat (mss.1-8) Four flats (mss. 9-16) back to One flat (mss.17-end); March - Two flats
Time Signatures: Movement 1 = 4/4;  Movement 2 = 2/4
Ranges: Woodwinds:
    Flute up to c2, down to g; Oboe up to b-flat1, down to c; Bassoon up to e1, down to DD; Clarinet 1 up to c2, down to d; Clarinet 2 up to a, down to G; Clarinet 3 same as clarinet 2; Bass Clarinet up to f, down to G; Tenor Sax up to g1, down to f; Bari Sax up to b, down to B.
    Cornet 1 up to d1, down to c; Cornet 2 up to d1, down to B,  F Horn 1 up to d1, down to d; Trombone 1 up to d, down to D; Trombone 2 up to d, down to C ; Baritone up to d, down to G; Basses up to D, down to DD. 
Rhythms: Winds:
    Level 1
    Level 1
Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet 1, Clarinet 2, Clarinet 3, B-flat Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax 1, Alto Sax 2, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax , Cornet 1, Cornet 2, F Horn 1, F Horn 2, Trombone 1, Trombone 2, Baritone TC, Snare Drum, Cymbal, Bass Drum.
Percussion: Snare Drum, Bass Drum, suspended Cymbal
Conductor Score: Full score
Length/Timing: 3 minutes (Prelude = 24 measure; March = 77 measures)
  • Dynamics are from p to ff
  • 8 bar phrasing in the melody with flute,oboe,1st clarinet (mss.1-8)
  • Articulations used:  accent, tenuto, marcato, legato
  • Different tempos - Prelude is slowly in 4/4; March is moderately fast in 2/4
  • Limiited use of crescendo, decrescendo, 
  • 4 bar melodic solo on 1st cornet(mss.9-12)
  • Two songs are used; Prelude and March.
  • 3 Percussionists needed
  • All players have parts with melodic interest without large technical problems.
  • The Prelude should be played in a sustained manner, with careful obervation of the overlapping phrases.
  • In the March the chords should be of secondary importance to the melodies in those passages in which two melodies occur at the same time, they should be well balanced.

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