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A FRENCH CANADIAN SUITE

Written by  MacLaughlan


Publisher: Bourne Company
Year Published: 1987
Difficulty Level: Publisher rating = 1+

1995-98 Texas PML rating = Grade 1

 
Reviewed by: Jill Reutlinger - Spring 1999
Style/Form: A (m.1 - 62);  B (m.1 - m.34);  C (m.1 - m.29)
Allegro (quarter = 120)
Key Signatures:

(concert pitch)

Movement 1: 3 flats (m.1 - m.45), 1 flat (m.46 - m.62)
Movement 2: 1 flat
Movement 3: 3 flats
Time Signatures Movement 1: 6/8
Movement 2: 6/8
Movement 3: 3/4
Ranges: Woodwinds:
    Flute 1 up to f2;  Flute 2 up to f2;  Oboe up to c2, Bassoon up to D;  Clarinet up to A;   Bass Clarinet down to E,  Alto Sax 1 up to a1;  Alto Sax 2 up to a1;  Tenor Sax up to a1
Brass:
Trombone 1 up to d1;  Trombone 2 up to d1;  Euphonium up to d1;  Tuba up to C
Rhythms: Winds: 
Level 1 rhythms throughout, an extended eighth note passage for Flute 1, Flute 2, Oboe, Clarinet 1, Alto Sax 1, and Alto Sax 2 from 85 to the end.
Percussion:
Level 1 rhythms throughout, Timpani roll m.1-7 and 15-18, Suspended Cymbal roll m.66, Triangle roll m. 88 to end
Instrumentation: Flute 1/2, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet 1, Clarinet 2, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax 1/2, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Horn in F, Trombone 1, Trombone 2, Baritone BC, Baritone TC, Bells, Timpani, Snare Drum, Triangle
Percussion: Snare Drum, Suspended Cymbal, Timpani (3 drums), Bells, Triangle
Conductor Score: Full Score;  21 lines
Length/Timing: 3 minutes; 94 Measures
Comments:
  • Use of legato style tonguing and accents
  • Clarinet 2 splits at m.29-34, and again at m.65 and 66
  • Flute 1, Flute 2, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Trombone 1, Trombone 2, Euphonium, and Basses hold first chord from m.1 to m.7
  • Goes above average Grade1 range for all instruments
  • All instruments have a statement of the melodic line(except the bells)
  • Horns normally double second Trumpet

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