Literature Analyses

Written by  Andrew Boysen, Jr.

Publisher: Neil A. Kjos Music Company
Year Published: 1997
Difficulty Level: Publisher rating = 3

1995-98 Texas PML rating = Grade 2

Reviewed by: Albert Salinas - Spring 2000
Style/Form: Intro (m.1 - 4); Theme (m.5 - 38); Theme (m.39 - 59); Theme (m.60 - 95); Theme (m.96 - 133); ending (m.134 - end)
Key Signatures:

(concert pitch)

No flats or sharps
Time Signatures: 5/4 (m.1 - m.51); 4/4 (m.52 - m.105); 5/4 (m.106 - end)
Ranges: Woodwinds:
    Piccolo up to c2, down to a; Flute 1 up to e2, down to a; Flute 2 up to c1, down to g; Oboe up to c1, down to f; Clarinet 1 up to b1, down to d; Clarinet 2 up to e, down to A; Clarinet 3 up to b, down to F; Bass Clarinet up to e1, down to E; Alto Sax up to g1, down to e; Tenor Sax up to e1, down to d; Bari Sax up to e1, down to e 
    Trumpet 1 up to d1, down to d; Trumpet 2 up to d1, down to d; Trumpet 3 up to d1, down to d; Horn in F 1 up to d1, down to c; Horn in F 2 up to d1, down to c; Trombone 1 up to e, down to C; Trombone 2 up to c, down to C; Trombone 3 up to c, down to C; Euphonium up to e-flat, Down to BB; Tuba up to E-flat, down to CC 
Rhythms: Winds:
    Level 2
    Level 2
Instrumentation: Piccolo, Flute1, Flute 2, Oboe, Clarinet1, Clarinet 2, Clarinet 3, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Trumpet 3, Horn in F 1, Horn in F 2, Trombone 1, Trombone 2, Trombone 3, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion I, Percussion II, Percussion III, Percussion IV, Percussion V 
Percussion: Crash Cymbals, Guiro, Xylophone, Wood Block, Sandpaper Blocks, Bass Drum, Marimba, Suspended Cymbal, Triangle, Snare Drum
Conductor Score: Full score
Length/Timing: 3 minutes, 30 seconds (151 measures)
  • Dynamics used are p to fff
  • Syncopation used in 5/4 meter can be challenging to younger bands
  • Many identical rhythms between sections allow players to listen to one another and learn to balance
  • Use of accidentals are moderate
  • At m.60 band must sing a concert C pitch and hold for 20 measures
  • This piece uses large percussion instrumentation and requires seven percussionists
  • Three seperate themes are introduced on their own and come together as one at the end
  • Music is playful with innocent qualities and is meant to be played fun, lightly

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