Literature Analyses


Arranged by Ralph Gingery

Publisher: William Allen Music Inc.
Year Published: 1988
Difficulty Level: Publisher rating = "First Concert Series"; "Difficulty level I and II"

1995-98 Texas PML rating = Grade 1

Reviewed by: Mark Koehl - Spring 1999
Style/Form: quarter = 88-92 throughout the piece; No style changes; ABA
Key Signatures:

(concert pitch)

One key change:

three flats (m.1 - m.55); one flat (m.56 - end)

Time Signatures: 3/4 (m.1 - end)
Ranges: Woodwinds:
    Flute 1 up to e-flat2 one time,  the rest of the time it stays at c2 or below;  Flute 2 doubles Flute 1 throughout (Flute 2 up to c2);  Oboe up to a1 one time towards end of piece;  Bassoon up to c often;  Clarinet 1 up to a1 two times;  Clarinet 2 down to F one time;  Bass Clarinet up to e-flat1 and plays around d1 often;  Tenor Sax up to a1 four times;  Bari Sax up to f1 one time
    F Horn up to e1 three times late in the piece; Tuba up to C three times.
Rhythms: Winds:
    Mostly Level 1 rhythms throughout;  Dotted-quarter/eighth combination is in the major rhythmic motif.
    Bells have the same rhythms as the winds.  Temple blocks have Level 2 rhythms; Snare has level three rhythms.
Instrumentation: Flute 1, Flute 2, Oboe 1, Oboe 2, Clarinet 1, Clarinet 2, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax/Alto clarinet/E-flat horn, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Horn in F, Trombone, Baritone BC/Bassoon,Baritone TC, Tuba, Percussion 1, Percussion II, Bells
Percussion: 2 Wood Blocks; Temple Blocks; 2 Tom-Toms; Triangle; Suspended Cymbal; Crash Cymbals; Snare Drum; Wind Chimes; Gong; Bells
Conductor Score: Full Score with a piano score at the bottom.
Length/Timing: 2 minutes, 35 seconds
  • Flute solo (4bars)
  • Flutes in unison most of the piece
  • Dynamics stay mp-mf until the end where it is forte.
  • The middle of the piece has lots of sustained tones throughout the band with Flute, Trumpet, and Percussion solis.
  • There is a canon at measure 20.
  • Percussion part is very important in adding unique colors to this piece.

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