Literature Analyses

Written by Timothy Broege

Publisher: Manhatten Beach Music
Year Published: 1998
Difficulty Level: Publisher rating = none
1999 - 2002 Texas PML rating = Grade 1
Reviewed by: Alfred Flores - Spring 2000
Style/Form: Mov. 1 - Prairie Ritual (22 measures); Mov. 2 - Rain on the Mountains (26 Measures); Mov. 3 - Train Heading West (44 measures)
Key Signatures:

(concert pitch)

Time Signatures: 4/4
Ranges: Woodwinds:
    Oboe up to f1, down to d; Bassoon up to B, down to EE-flat; Clarinet 1 up to g1, down to G; Bass Clarinet up to c-sharp, 1 down to F;  Tenor Sax up to a1, down to d; Bari Sax up to g-sharp, 1 down to B
    Trumpet 1 up to e1, down to d; Trumpet 2 up to e1, down to c; Trombone up to c, down to FF; Euphonium up to c, down to FF; Tuba up to C, down to AAA
Rhythms: Winds:
    Level 2
    Level 2
Instrumentation: Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet 1, Clarinet 2, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Horn in F, Trombone, Baritone TC, Baritone BC, Tuba, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Tom-toms, Crash Cymbals, Susp. Cymbal, Triangle, Tambourine, Bell,  Xylophone, Three Tympani 
Percussion: Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Tom-toms, Crash Cymbals, sus. Cymbal, Triangle, Tamborine, Bells, Xylophone, Timpani (Three drums))
Conductor Score: Full score
Length/Timing: 4 minutes, 30 seconds (92 measures)
  • Dynamics are from ppp to ff
  • Tempos: Mov. 1 quarter note = 92; Mov. 2 quarter note = 72; Mov. 3 Begin slowly and accelerate
  • Highly Programmatic
  • Sudden Dynamic contrasts
  • Much use of dynamic control
  • Various articulation styles
  • Several measures of divisi for alto saxes and horns
  • Much use of unison sectional soli
  • Snare Drum uses brushes
  • Optional use of train whistle
  • Originally written in the 1970's; revised in 1997
  • Score measures numbered
  • Score includes compositional analysis and teaching materials

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