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Woodland Serenade and Rondo

Woodland Serenade and Rondo Catherine McMichael

Alto Saxophone Feature
Solo Alto Saxophone with Band
Number of Players:Standard + 1
Copyright:2003
Piccolo
Flute 1/2
Oboe 1/2
Bb Clarinet 1
Bb Clarinet 2/3
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bassoon 1/2
Alto Saxophone 1/2
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet 1
Bb Trumpet 2/3
Horn in F 1/2
Horn in F 3/4
Trombone 1/2
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Solo Alto Saxophone
Timpani
Percussion 1 (bells, snare drum, claves)
Percussion 2 (marimba, bass drum)
Percussion 3 (vibraphone, sandblock/shaker, xylophone, slapstick)
Percussion 4 (triangle, finger cymbals, suspended cymbal, cowbell)
Percussion 5 (wind chimes, suspended cymbal, tambourine, 2 woodblocks)
Woodland Serenade & Rondo is a 6-minute concerto, crafted to spotlight not only a fine saxophone soloist, but also to give a director the opportunity to feature other outstanding solo wind players in the ensemble. Its premiere was December 20, 2003 at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. It was performed by The Woodlands (TX) High School Band, Brett Johnson conducting, with Mr. Lynn Klock, professor of saxophone at the University of Massachussetts at Amherst, the soloist.

Although it is a short piece, the thematic material is rich and well-developed. The serenade's simple, haunting theme demands sensitive musicality and warm tone quality from soloist and band alike. Vibraphone, marimba, bells and wind chimes create a dreamy backdrop to the long-limbed melody. At times the serenade is chamber-like in texture spotlighting solo winds on lines that answer and mingle with the saxophone melodies. A short cadenza is followed by an improvisational type variation of the main theme, and the serenade comes to a peaceful close as the saxophone and solo winds call and respond with a motive from the theme. An immediate segue into the rondo follows, picking up the pace with a jazzy tune derived from the serenade theme, accompanied by brass. In classic rondo form, the second and third themes have contrasting textures and moods, and include the use of xylophone, slapstick, rimshots and other percussion colors. Sass, humor and driving intensity are all elements of this fast-paced rondo, with the ending bringing a real wail of delight from soloist, band and audience alike.
- Catherine McMichael
144,00 €
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Product information
Order id: 184971
Difficulty: 4
Duration: 6:00 min
Pages: -
publisher id: CAP 08780
EAN: 4025511317160
Composer: Catherine McMichael
Arranger: -
Publisher: C. Alan Publication
Instrumentation: Blasorchester Noten / Concert Band

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