Maestro Band Series
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Bb Clarinet in 1/2
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone 1/2
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet 1/2
F Horn 1/2
Percussion 1 (Bells (shared w/ Player 2), Xylophone, Medium Tom (or Taiko Drum)
Percussion 2 (Chimes, Bells (shared w/ Player 1), Medium Low Tom (or Taiko Drum)
Percussion 3 (Bass Drum (or Large Taiko Drum), Low Tom
Percussion 4 (Wind Chimes, Tam-Tam, 3 Cymbals (different sizes)
PROGRAM NOTES tells the tale of a Japanese Samurai warrior as he prepares for and goes into battle. After a mysterious and ominous opening, the work comes to a rather dissonant climax followed by a brief silence (m. 17-18). The stage is now set for the intense battle that ensues. Just imagine the hundreds of warriors engaged in the fights with swords clashing.
Legend of the Sword
The work was commissioned by the West Forsyth High School Marching Band (Jim Kirkpatrick and Chris Garmon, directors) as the opener for their 2007 marching band show. It has been re-imagined here for concert band.