Literature Analyses


Arr. by Lloyd Conley

Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Year Published: 1988
Difficulty Level: Publisher rating = 2

1995-98 Texas PML rating = Grade 2

Reviewed by: Daniel Lugo - Spring 1999
Style/Form: Moderato - (quarter = 88) - Andante - (quarter = 72) - Allegro (quarter = 116) - Maestoso (quarter = 100) 
Key Signatures:

(concert pitch)

Five key changes:

three flats (m.1 - m.9); one sharp (m.10 - m.37); three flats (m.38 - m.63); one flat (m.64 - 68); three flats (m.69 - 83); one flat (m.57 - end)

Time Signatures: 4/4 (m.1 - m.53); 2/4 (m.54); 4/4 (m.55); 5/4 (m.56); 4/4 (m.57 - end)
Ranges: Woodwinds:
    Flute to f2; Clarinet 1 to d1; Clarinet 2 to b1; Bass Clarinet to c1; Bassoon to a; Tenor Sax to g1
    Cornet 1 to g1; Horn in F 2 to d1; Trombone 1 to e-flat; Baritone B.C to e-flat; Tuba to C-sharp
Rhythms: Winds:
    Level 2; Flutes, Piccolo, Oboe, Clarinets, Alto Sax and Cornets encounter only one sixteenth note run on beat two of measure 29.
    Level 2; Basic rhythms for the percussion but the snare drum has numerous flam quarters throughout the piece.
Instrumentation: PBells, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Suspended Cymbal, Crash Cymbal, Timpani (B-flat - E-flat to E-flat - F)
Conductor Score: Full Score; 22 lines; Clarinet 2 and 3 are combined as well as Cornet 2 and 3 and Trombone 2 and 3
Length/Timing: 4 minutes, 45 seconds
  • Flute has a divisi sections and is not separated to two different parts.
  • Bassoon has a solo at measure 30 and soli at measure 44.
  • Timpani has to change pitches after the first eight measures.
  • Piece contains three Irish Folk tunes: I'd Mourn the Hopes that Leave ; Oh, Breathe Not His Name and The Mistrel Boy.
  • Use of fpp, ritard, dim. e rall., rall., legato, tutti, dim., accents, marcato accents, staccato, accidentals.
  • Numerous fermatas
  • Need to watch for the 5 key changes and the 4 time changes.
  • Many fluctuations of tempo may cause problems for young bands.
  • 4 consecutive time changes form m.54 to 57.
  • At times the piece will becomes thick and dense.

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