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Black Sea, The (band version)


Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 3 | Duration: 2:10
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2006

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    Originally written for orchestra, the musical material for The Black Sea also works well in a concert band setting. Running eighth notes deftly move between changing time signatures and rising and falling dynamics, creating waves of sound and motion.

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 3 | Duration: 2:10

    Flute 1/2
    Oboe 1/2
    Clarinet in Bb 1/2
    Bass Clarinet
    Alto Saxophone 1/2
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone

    Trumpet in Bb 1/2
    Horn in F 1/2
    Trombone 1/2
    (Baritone T.C.)

    Percussion 1 (Suspended Cymbal, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Tambourine, Medium Low Concert Tom, Finger Cymbals)
    Percussion 2 (Xylophone)
    Percussion 3 (Vibraphone, Marimba)

    Program Notes
    The Black Sea was inspired by a poem by Robert Bly:

    Ah, on this planet we are born again and again. A gold sun rises in the East, but for us it is a black sun. Each time the black sun rises, dazzling and tremendous, its sadness flows into us. I listen and I see a horse- dragon swim up out of the Black Sea. It climbs into the air. Play on, play on – what can we do but long for this dragon-water from the Black Sea to fall on us?

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    • Black Sea

      Black Sea by Gary Gackstatter. Performance by the Walla Walla Valley Concert Band at the "Jeopardy: Sports & Ports" Concert on March 24, 2013. Under the direction of Ron McHenry. The concert featured two halves of music; the first half, music focused on a sports theme, the second, ports/nautical. The audience was given clues to each title in the form of a Jeopardy question, and they were able to complete their own program by correctly submitting the answers.
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