Literature Analyses

Written by Douglas Akey

Publisher: Queenwood Publications
Year Published: 1995 
Difficulty Level: Publisher rating = 2

1999-2002 Texas PML rating = Grade 2

Reviewed by: Laurie Jean Lammons - Spring 2000
Style/Form: Medley of four dance songs from "The Danserye" - Branle Quatre Bransles (m.1 - m.23); Ronde (m.24 - m.55); Ronde mon amy juxtaposed against Ronde beginning (m.40 - m.70); La Mourisque (m. 82 - m.131); Ronde mon amy (m.132 - m.151); Reappearance of all four songs (m.152 - end)
A Susato Prelude uses the idea of Renaissance music rhythm
Key Signatures:

(concert pitch)

One flat (m.1 - m.81); three flats (m.82 - end)
Time Signatures: 2/4 (m.1); 4/4 (m.2 - m.3); 2/4 (m.4); 4/4 (m.5 - m.6); 2/4 (m.7); 4/4 (m.8 - m.23); 2/4 (m.24 - end)
Ranges: Woodwinds:
    Piccolo up to f2, down to g; Oboe up to a1, down to c; Clarinet 1 up to b1, down to G; Clarinet 2 up to f1, down to F; Clarinet 3 up to f1, down to F; E-flat Alto Clarinet up to d1, down to G; B-flat Bass Clarinet up to b, down to F; Bassoon up to d-flat, down to GG; Alto Sax 1 and 2 up to c2, down to f; Tenor Sax up to a1, down to c; Bari Sax up to g1, down to c
    Trumpet 1 up to g1, down to c; Trumpet 3 up to d1, down to A; Horn up to e-flat1, down to A; Trombone 1 up to f, down to BB-flat; Trombone 2 up to d, down to AA-flat; Trombone 3 up to B-flat, down to AA-flat; Baritone up to c, down to AA-flat; Tuba up to BB-flat, down to FFF; String Bass up to B-flat, down to GG-flat
Rhythms: Winds:
    Level 3
    Level 3
Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet 1, Clarinet 2, Clarinet 3, E-flat Alto Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Sax 1, Alto Sax 2, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax (Contralto Clarinet), Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Trumpet 3, Horn 1, Horn 2, Trombone 1, Trombone 2, Trombone 3, Baritone TC, Baritone BC, Tuba, String Bass, Percussion 1, Percussion 2, Timpani 
Percussion: Bells, Chimes, Xylophone, Snare Drum, Tenor Drum, Bass Drum, Bell Tree, Suspended Cymbal, Triangle, Wind Chimes, Tambourine, Wood Block, Timpani   (5 percussion players needed)
Conductor Score: Full score
Length/Timing: 4 minutes, 20 seconds (186 measures)
  • tenor sax part has horn cues
  • flute 1 and 2 part is written divisi on the same part
  • trumpet soli beginning in m.116
  • horn 1 and 2 part is written divisi on the same part
  • flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, and bassoon have an exposed melody line from m.56 - m.69
  • exposed trumpet, horn, and trombone 1 line from m.82 - m.88
  • woodwind choir soli from m.92 - m.100
  • exposed clarinet and saxophone soli from m.108 - m.115
  • snare drum solo beginning in m.116
  • each part contains much use of sixteenth notes
  • this piece involves many aspects of a wind ensemble setting
  • many variations in tempo occur within the first part of the piece
  • much use of dynamic contrast occurs in each part
  • little use of chromaticism
  • timpani uses three notes, B-flat, C, and F
  • tuba has a low F in m. 24, but the octave above is written in for alternate use
  • e-flat alto clarinet and string bass parts are not essential for playing this piece

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