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MARCHE HEROIQUE

Grade 1     

# 100-1-2

$40

A solid concert march with strong percussion lines and clear textures, this piece is written with an eye toward the playability of each part so that the overall sound is full and satisfying. The noble nature of the music will be inspirational to the players and very enjoyable for the audiences. (2'45")

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UBI CARITAS

Grade 1      ( 3 min )

# 100-1-70

$40

The Latin hymn “Ubi Caritas” (Where Charity and Love Are) is the basis for this two-part setting for concert band. The elegant simplicity of the melodic line makes it both memorable and appropriate for symphonic development. The opening cantabile section is a straight-forward presentation with the melodic material spread through the band. The up-tempo and vigorous second part puts the melody through a series of variations with primary focus on the contrapuntal interplay of the sections of the band with significant contributions from the percussion section.

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HYMN AND FESTIVE DANCE

Grade 1      ( 3 min )

# 100-1-40

$40

As the title implies, this piece is cast in two contrasting sections. The opening cantabile section makes use of sustained melodic lines with warm supporting harmonies. The dance section is in a quicker tempo generating much rhythmic vitality and a more percussive approach to the linear material.

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN PORTRAIT

Grade 1     

# 100-1-1

$35

A very playable piece for beginning band with limited ranges and rhythmic material. All instruments play melodic lines that lie well and make an interesting but clear texture. The percussion section plays an integral role with basic technical demands. The piece is programmatic in that it depicts the grandeur and expanse of the western mountains. (2'10")

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A CELTIC CHRISTMAS

Grade 2      ( 6 min )

# 100-2-38

$45

This holiday setting is made up of three Irish carols ("Once in Royal David's City", "Wexford Carol", and "Christmas Is Coming"). Each has a contrasting musical message. The first is a broad, majestic setting, while "Wexford Carol" is warm and haunting. The piece closes with the rousing "Christmas Is Coming". All are developed in a symphonic manner, with many contrapuntal sections that give each section of the band the opportunity to play lead material. The rhythmic energy and strong melodies will make this an excellent addition to any holiday program.

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CARIBBEAN HOLIDAY

Grade 2     

# 100-2-3

$40

An enjoyable piece in the calypso style with lots of exciting and energetic percussion and memorable, syncopated melodic lines. All sections get lead material in carefully chosen ranges, so that the piece sounds much more intricate than it actually is. (3'30")

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ODE TO JOY

Grade 2     

# 100-2-4

$40

Based on the theme from the immortal 4th movement of the Beethoven Symphony #9, this adaptation for concert band captures the Beethoven-esque spirit of this monumental work. The moving and profound chorale melody is presented in all parts of the band as the piece unfolds in a dramatic and powerful statement. (3'00")

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JOYOUS SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS

Grade 2      ( 5 min )

# 100-2-74

$40

This Christmas suite for band is made up of: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”; “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”; “What Star Is This?”; and “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing”. The musical nature of each carol provides contrast in both style and tempo. The symphonic treatment of the material allows for lead lines in all parts of the band. The coda not only closes the piece, but also makes a bold proclamation of “Joy to the World”.

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FOUR PATRIOTIC SONGS

Grade 2     

# 100-2-68

$40

This collection consists of America, America the Beautiful, The Star-Spangled Banner, and Eternal Father, Strong to Save. The four pieces are fully scored with particular attention paid to the melodic construction of each line. Both the harmonies and bass line are not those generally heard in order to give each arrangement fresh appeal. Concert bands will find these playable arrangements useful for a variety of occasions.

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THE BRITISH GRENADIERS

Grade 2      ( 3 min )

# 100-2-43

$40

The stately precision and dignity of the British march style is captured in this very playable concert march. A strong program opener, the music evokes regal atmosphere of the British Grenadiers on parade.

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AMAZING GRACE

Grade 2     

# 100-2-28

$40

The warmth and expression of this beloved hymn is set for concert band to enhance the ethereal atmosphere of this tone poem. The very transparent opening sets the mood, and the piece grows in intensity to a dramatic climax before the quiet and subdued closing section. (4'00")

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JOYOUS CHRISTMAS SUITE

Grade 2      ( 7 min )

# 100-2-41

$50

Five well-known carols make up this suite for concert band: O Come, All Ye Faithful, What Child Is This?, Good King Wenceslas, Coventry Carol, and Angels We Have Heard On High. Orchestrated to capture the spirit of the holiday season, this piece makes use of the full color resources of the band, with ample percussion to add to the festivities. N.B.: While this piece is written at the grade 2 level, there is a degree of sophistication to the scoring and texture that will allow ample conductor interpretation. Therefore, it can provide 7 minutes of holiday music for a grade 4-5 band with one or two rehearsals.

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HATIKVAH

Grade 2     

# 100-2-31

$35

Sometimes called "The Hope" and used as the Israeli national anthem, this memorable melody is set both as a chorale and a dance that make up the two sections of this work. While very playable, the piece sounds more difficult than it is because of the extensive use of the percussion section and the development of the theme in a symphonic manner. (3'15")

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BALLADE

Grade 2     

# 100-2-36

$40

Constructed with the lush and rich harmonies of the Romantic era, this very melodious and cantabile piece is written to take advantage of the full sonority of the concert band. The piece is warmly expressive and will afford the conductor the opportunity for the judicious use of rubato and will allow the students to develop the ability to play sustained lines. This work is an excellent contrast piece for any program.

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CONTINENTAL CHRISTMAS

Grade 3     

# 100-3-5

$55

This rewarding suite of familiar Christmas carols is made up of: AS WITH GLADNESS; THE FIRST NOEL; GOD REST YE MERRY, GENTLEMEN; O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL; ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH. Colorful and exciting orchestration with a variety of textures and active percussion parts make this an impressive closer for any holiday program. (7'15")

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CHORALE PRELUDE - BE THOU MY VISION

Grade 3      ( 5 min )

# 100-3-39

$50

The opening section of this chorale prelude begins with a straight-forward presentation of the Irish melody "Be Thou My Vision", sometimes known as "Slane". The chorale first appears with a warm harmonic background and flowing melodic lines. This section is followed by an up-tempo presentation of the melodic material. The percussion section takes an active role as the symphonic development of the melody in which both homophonic and contrapuntal forms are explored. The piece ends with a bravura and fiery coda.

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JUPITER JUBILEE

Grade 3      ( 7 min )

# 100-3-42

$60

A brilliant fanfare opening featuring the brass and percussion with woodwind figuration leads to the first section of the piece that begins quietly in a quick tempo. The main melodic material is simply presented and then developed as the orchestration thickens and the percussion section becomes more active. This music is then contrasted with a slow, very Romantic presentation of cantabile melodies drawn from previously heard material. A vigorous march-like interlude leads to the coda, which is highly energetic and culminates in a dramatic conclusion.

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RUSSIAN SAILORS' DANCE

Grade 3      ( 4 min )

# 100-3-76

$55

From the Gliere ballet "The Red Poppy", "Russian Sailors' Dance" is one of the best-known and most exciting of orchestral works. This transcription maintains the vigorous rhythms and memorable melodic lines that are familiar to audiences and players alike. Depicting the revelry of celebrating Russian seamen, the piece generates tremendous energy and excitement exploiting the colors and percussive effects of the modern symphonic band.

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AN AMERICAN PANORAMA

Grade 3      ( 7 min )

# 100-3-80

$40

A symphonic presentation of three well-known American tunes (Chester, Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair, and Blue-Tail Fly) make up the material of this triptych of Americana. Each piece is presented in contrasting settings that capture the regional flavor of American folk music representing different parts of the country.

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MEDITATION

Grade 3      ( 4 min )

# 100-3-37

$50

This concert band setting of MEDITATION is a supremely Romantic work that is a paraphrase on a duo by C. Dancla. With the warm, 19th c. harmonic tensions derived from the chromatic harmonies of that period, this piece delivers the high emotional expression characteristic of Romantic writing. The very slow tempo will bring out the best of expression from both the conductor and players and will make an excellent contrast piece on any program.

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AURORA VARIANTS

Grade 4      ( 6 min )

# 100-4-81

$40

The alma mater of the Aurora (OH) High School serves as the basis for this contemporary and exciting work for concert band. The piece displays warm and expressive Romanticism that contrasts with the sections that are filled with the tension of modern harmonies. While not a set of variations in the traditional sense, the melodic and harmonic materials of the alma mater are in a sense deconstructed to supply the musical substance that is put through a set of symphonic permutations. These variants feature a rich palette of textures, colors and rhythmic devices that give the piece its form. After a short introduction the piece is structured in three contrasting segments. The alma mater is heard in its entirety in the middle portion.

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CONCERTINO FOR SOLO CLARINET AND BAND

Grade 4     

# 100-4-6

$60

The solo clarinet part is Grade 4; the band accompaniment is Grade 3. The solo part is idiomatically written to display the warmth and technical flexibility of the instrument. With an active and interesting accompaniment part, the band plays an integral role in the construction of the work. This piece is an excellent showcase for the soloist and an impressive addition to any program. (6'15")

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FOUR PATRIOTIC SONGS

Grade 4     

# 100-4-59

$45

This collection consists of "America", "America the Beautiful", "The Star-Spangled Banner", and "Eternal Father, Strong to Save". The four pieces are fully scored with particular attention paid to the melodic construction of each line. Both the harmonies and bass line are not those generally heard in order to give each arrangement fresh appeal. Concert bands will find these playable arrangements useful for a variety of occasions.

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ALPENTONEN

Grade 4      ( 7 min )

# 100-4-79

$40

This suite of folk songs from the Swiss Alps is comprised of "From These Dear Mountains", "In Aargon Dwelt Two Lovers", and "La Pernette". The three melodies are energetic and joyful in nature and lend themselves well to a variety of symphonic treatments, most notably a variety of contrapuntal textures. Using the full spectrum of percussion instruments along with the ample sonorities of a symphonic band, the piece has a direct and immediate appeal.

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SYMPHONIC PRELUDE: ETERNAL FATHER

Grade 5     

# 100-5-7

$65

Based on the Navy Hymn, ETERNAL FATHER, STRONG TO SAVE, this moving presentation of the well-known hymn uses the full resources of the concert band to display both the tender, melodic aspects of the hymn and the powerful grandeur of its impact. Carefully scored for playability, the piece makes a moving impact on players and audience alike. (6'35")

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ANCIENT AIRS OF ERIN

Grade 6     

# 100-6-8

$80

Based on three Irish folk songs (The Maid of the Brown Knowe; Foggy Dew; and The Little Beggarman) this symphonic treatment uses the full range of colors and sonorities of the symphonic band. The percussion section is an important part of both the rhythmic and textural make-up of the piece. A variety of textures with particular emphasis on short, fugal sections gives the piece a profound and telling musical impact. The contrast of styles will give the conductor ample opportunity for sophisticated interpretation of the work. This is an explosive piece that will work well in both concert and contest venues. (9'25")

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