Literature Analyses


arranged by John Edmondson

Publisher: Birch Island Music Press
Year Published: 1984
Difficulty Level: Publisher rating = not given

1987-90 Texas PML rating = Grade 1

Reviewed by: Frank Lozano - Spring 1999
Style/Form: Moderato (dotted quarter = 100)

A (m.1 - m.37); B (m.38 - m.62); C (m.63 - end)

Key Signatures:

(concert pitch)

Two key changes:

three flats (m.1 - m.17); one flat (m.18 - m.35); three flats (m.36 - end)

Time Signatures: 4/4 (m.1 - m.35); 3/4 (m.36 - m.62); 6/8 (m.63 - end)
Ranges: Woodwinds:
    Flute up to f2; Oboe down to e flat; Clarinet 1 up to g1; Bass Clarinet up to c1; Alto sax up to c2
    F Horn up to d1; Cornet 1 up to f1; Trombone 1 up to d; Baritone BC up to d; Tuba up to C and down to BB flat
Rhythms: Winds:
    Level 2 throughout both simple and compound meters
    Level 3 up to m.63 (simple meter); Level 2 for the 6/8 section (m.63 - end)
Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet 1, Clarinet 2, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax 1, Alto Sax 2, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Cornet 1, Cornet 2, F Horn, Trombone 1, Trombone 2, Baritone BC, Tuba, Percussion, Timpani/Bells
Percussion: Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Crash Cymbals, Suspended Cymbal, Woodblock, Tom Tom, Bells, Timpani (2 drums)
Conductor Score: Semi-Score; 9 lines; low reeds combined with baritone/basses
Length/Timing: 4 minutes, 30 seconds; (94 measures)
  • Several transitional sections with fermatas
  • Two sets of repeat signs
  • Clarinet 1 has frequent break-crossing
  • Alto Saxes frequently play along with the upper woodwinds
  • Woodblock, Tom Tom, and Timpani solos (each 1 1/2 measures long)
  • Cornet solo (8 measures long)

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