Lawrence of Arabia, James Barnes, Kenneth Alford, Edwin F. Goldman and introducing: David Mairs.
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Maurice Jarre – Lawrence of Arabia
Arranged by Alfred Reed, Edited by R. Mark Rogers
David Lean’s epic film “Lawrence of Arabia” was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won seven, including Best Original Score for Maurice Jarre’s masterful musical depiction of the exotic world through which T.H. Lawrence passed. Alfred Reed’s setting of the music for concert band, available here for the first time in full score with newly edited parts, is built on two of the main themes: the Arabian motif, with its blazing color and almost-barbaric effects; and the Lawrence theme, a haunting, poignant melody that reflects both his love of the desert and his internal, psychological conflicts. (Grade 4) Dur: 4:00 Order through Hal Leonard.
James Barnes – Credo, Op. 153
Credo is an ideal piece for young bands, particularly those with a large percussion section. It is very carefully scored and cross-cued, so that almost any size band can perform it. Composed in sonatina form, it is highly energetic and tuneful, and the bass instruments have lots of fun, easy things to play. Like Prairie Winds Festival, Credo is very safely scored, with Piccolo, 2nd Oboe, 2nd Bassoon, Contra-Alto Clarinet, 3rd Trombone and Double Bass parts optional. Ranges are very reasonable; the only sixteenth notes in the piece are in the snare drum. (Grade 3) Dur: 5:00 Order through Hal Leonard.
James Barnes – Prairie Winds Festival, Op. 152
Prairie Winds Festival is a fast, happy-go-lucky “opener.” It is very carefully scored and cross-cued, so that almost any size band can perform it. The Piccolo, 2nd Oboe, 2nd Bassoon, Contra-Alto Clarinet, 3rd Trombone and Double Bass parts are all optional, but if you have these instruments, it will sound more full. (Grade 3) Dur: 6:00
David Mairs – A Touch of the Union Jack
In three movements: 1. Coronation March, 2. Kingsfold and 3. Variations on a “Green” Theme. “Coronation March” is in ABA form with just a tip of the hat to William Walton’s famous coronation marches written for British monarchs of the 20th century. “Kingsfold” is a lovely setting of the modal English traditional tune set to the text “O Sing a Song of Bethlehem,” featuring solos for flute and trumpet with chamber music textures. “Variations on a ‘Green’ Theme” begins with a jig in the percussion and reeds before slowly revealing the identity of the theme being varied – “Greensleeves.” A tour de force for advanced middle school bands or small high school bands. (Grade 3.5) Dur: 8:00 Order through Hal Leonard.
Kenneth Alford – Eagle Squadron March
Edited by R. Mark Rogers
When the Second World War began, the British “March King” Kenneth J. Alford (pseudonym for Major F. J. Ricketts, R.M.) was increasingly in bad health and had composed relatively little music recently. As Hitler’s armies marched victoriously across Europe, Britain was soon alone facing the Nazi peril. Alford’s great contribution to the war effort was the composition of two of his great masterpieces – ARMY OF THE NILE, celebrating the first Allied victories over the Germans in North Africa and EAGLE SQUADRON. The latter of these marches celebrates American airmen who travelled to England during the early years of the war (before the entry of the United States into the conflict) to volunteer for service with the Royal Air Force, serving with great distinction during the Battle of Britain. Alford skillfully weaves a number of well-known tunes into the fabric of the music, including the “Royal Air Force March” and “The Star-Spangled Banner,” while also including a reference to the Siegfried motive from Wagner’s “Ring of the Nibelung.” Mark Rogers’ edition of this classic march includes a handsome full score and concert size set of parts. (Grade 4) Dur: 4:00 Order through Hal Leonard.
Kenneth Alford – On the Quarter Deck March
Edited by R. Mark Rogers
Frederick J. Ricketts composed his famous marches under the pseudonym Alford. The march “On the Quarter Deck” was written in 1917 during the 1st World War and was written to commemorate the Battle of Jutland. The “quarter deck” is the raised deck behind the main mast of a sailing ship; traditionally it was where the captain commanded his vessel and where the ship’s colors were kept. (Grade 3) Dur: 3:00 Order through Hal Leonard.
Edwin F. Goldman – Christmas March
Edited by R. Mark Rogers
Among Goldman’s many contributions to the band’s repertoire, his pastiche marches such as “Children’s March” and the “Christmas March” have been especially popular. Familiar seasonal tunes include Good King Wenceslas, Adeste Fideles, Jingle Bells, It Came Upon the Midnight Clear, The First Noël, Deck the Halls and Hark! the Herald Angels Sing. An optional short coda reduces the playing time to approximately 4:00. A handsome full score and judicious rescoring of the upper woodwinds makes this an ideal alternative for community bands looking for new sounds in a classic, yet familiar style for their December programs. (Grade 4) Dur: 6:00 Order through Hal Leonard.
James Barnes – Italian Wedding Song, Op. 151
Italian Wedding Song is a lyric, very romantic song in g minor, reminiscent in some ways of the music of Puccini and Verdi. Like Barnes’ Yorkshire Ballad, it is a brief, solemn work, perfect for teaching students to play in an emotional, legato style. If you have a good Euphonium player, this work is a must; it is an excellent choice for a moment of touching repose on your next concert. Italian Wedding Song is carefully scored and cross-cued, and the ranges are very reasonable for all instruments. (Grade 4) Dur: 5:00 Order through Hal Leonard.
James Barnes – Citadel
Citadel was composed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of The University of Kansas (1865 to 2015.) It begins with optional offstage chimes (one or two sets [opt.]) to depict the daily ringing of the bells in KU’s World War II Memorial Campanile. Trumpets introduce a fanfare-like figure that quickly evolves into the opening theme of the work. As the music settles and becomes softer, a saxophone choir introduces a slower, more pensive middle theme intended to describe the university’s academic nature. A quiet moment at the end of this section hints at the famous “Rock Chalk Chant” in solo horn before the chimes and fanfare return to end the work in a final, dramatic outburst of sound and color. (Grade 5) Dur: 8:00 Order through Hal Leonard.