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RIVER VALLEY SERENADE

Arranged by Patrick Wilson

Publisher: Alfred Publishing Company
Year Published: 1989
Difficulty Level: Publisher rating = Easy/Medium Easy

1995-98 Texas PML rating = Grade 1

 

Reviewed by: Jill Reutlinger - Spring 1999

Style/Form: A (m.1 - m.48) B (m.49 - m.82) C (m.83 - end)
Key Signatures:

(concert pitch)

One flat (m.1 - m.34)
Three flats (m. 35 - 83)
Two flats (m.83 - 92)
Time Signatures: 4/4 (m. 1 - m. 34)
2/4 (m.33)
4/4 (m.34 - m.48)
2/2 (m.49 - m.82)
4/4 (m.83 - 88)
2/4 (m.89)
4/4 (m. 90 - end)
Ranges: Woodwinds:

    Flute 1 down to a and up to g2, Flute 2 down to a and up to f2, Oboe up to b flat 1, Bassoon down to BB flat and up to c, Clarinet 1 down to g and up to c2, Clarinet 2 up to g1, Bass Clarinet down to E flat, Alto Sax 1 up to c2, Alto Sax up to a1, Bari Sax down to B flat 

Brass:

    Cornet 2 up to g1, Cornet 2 up to d1, Horn in F up to f1, Trombone 1 up to f, Trombone 2 up to f, Baritone BC up to f

Rhythms: Winds:
    Level 3 with several quarter and eighth note triplets

Percussion:
    Level 1 with rolls in the cymbal

Instrumentation: Flute 1, Flute 2, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet 1, Clarinet 2, Alto Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax 1, Alto Sax 2, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Horn in F, Cornet 1, Cornet 2, Trombone 1, Trombone 2, Baritone TC, Baritone BC, Tuba, Percussion
Percussion: Chimes, Suspended Cymbal, Timpani (2 drums), Bells
Conductor Score: Full score; 18 lines
Length/Timing: 3 minutes, 5 seconds
(92 Measures)
Comments:
  • Extended ranges for most instruments
  • Alto Clarinet included
  • Optional solos in Flute and Horn
  • Numerous accidentals
  • Many time changes
  • Several tempo changes
  • Soli in Saxs and Horns
  • Use of accents, cresendos, decresendos, slurs, caesuras, and legato tongueing
  • Volume levels vary from Piano to Fortissimo

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