Literature Analyses


arranged by Anne McGinty

Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Year Published: 1986
Difficulty Level: Publisher rating = 1
1995-98 Texas PML rating = Grade 1
Reviewed by: Mark Koehl - Spring 1999
Style/Form: Allegro(quarter = 132); Moderato(quarter = 100); Allegro(quarter = 132) 

A (m.1 - m.30); B (m.31 - m.54); C (m.55 - end) 

Key Signature

(concert pitch)

One key change:

three flats (m.1 - m.74); one flat (m.75 - end)

Time Signatures: 4/4 (m.1 - m.30); 3/4 (m.31 - m.54); 2/4 (m.55 - end)
Ranges: Woodwinds:
    Clarinet 1 up to f1; Clarinet 2 down to F (one time); Tenor Sax up to f; Bari Sax up to f
    Normal ranges; Trumpet 1 up to d1
Rhythms: Winds:
    Mostly Level 1 with a few dotted-quarter/eighth rhythms in the upper woodwinds and trumpets.
    Mostly Level 1 with a few dotted-quarter/eighth rhythms.  Snare has Level 2 and Level 3 rhythms.
Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Bassoon/Baritone BC, Clarinet 1, Clarinet 2, Alto Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Horn in F, Trombone, Baritone TC, Tuba, Snare/Bass Drum, Cymbals, Bells
Percussion: Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Crash Cymbals, Bells
Conductor Score: Semi-Score; 9 lines; low reeds combined with low brass line
Length/Timing: 2 minutes, 45 seconds; 118 measures
  • Alto Sax solo(5bars)
  • Song titles are: Johnny Comes Down to Hilo; The Sailor's Alphabet; Sailing at High Tide
  • The piece is orchestrated to show the various color combinations in the beginning band.
  • Two tempo changes
  • Piece begins with a unison fanfare involving upper woodwinds/trumpets/bells

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