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Carnival of the Insects


Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 3.5 | Duration: 8:30
Publisher: G & M Brand | Copyright: 2001

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    Inspired by Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals, this work depicts many of the insects we know and love using interesting effects like tapping small sticks. Bands may like to perform Carnival of the Insects as a complete suite or to play individual movements on their own.

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 3.5 | Duration: 8:30

    1st Flute
    2nd Flute
    1st Bb Clarinet
    2nd Bb Clarinet
    3rd Bb Clarinet
    Eb Alto Clarinet
    Bb Bass Clarinet*
    1st Eb Alto Saxophone*
    2nd Eb Alto Saxophone*
    Bb Tenor Saxophone*
    Eb Baritone Saxophone*

    1st Bb Trumpet
    2nd Bb Trumpet
    3rd Bb Trumpet
    1st F Horn
    2nd F Horn
    1st Trombone
    2nd Trombone*
    (TC Baritone)

    Percussion 1* (snare drum, cabasa or maracas, tom tom, tambourine, triangle)
    Percussion 2* (cymbal, claves, tom tom, triangle, wood block)
    Percussion 3* (bass drum, tambourine, wind chimes)

    Parts marked with an asterisk (*) are NOT ESSENTIAL, although their presence will obviously enable a fuller realization of the composer's intentions to be achieved.

    Program Notes
    Carnival of the Insects was commissioned by the National School Band Association and was first performed at the Scottish Festival organized by NSBA and Brian Duguid of West Lothian Arts on May 12, 2001.

    The music letters SBA were used to form the basis of the melodies to personalize the piece for the Association. (S can be Eb, B can be Bb using European note names.)

    The Carnival is inspired by Saint Saëns "Carnival of the Animals" and derives a lot of the rhythmic structures from it.

    March of the Ants - The Thin Black Line
    The composer was reminded of a French holiday when a line of ants would march every night from the gate of the house, past the pool and up into the garden.

    Crickets and stick insects
    Here the composer remembered balmy Mediterranean nights and the sound of crickets. An interesting effect is to have small groups of players around the performance venue randomly tapping small sticks throughout this movement.

    These are the creatures which eat insects and the music has a dramatic scary feel to it with a chase in the middle.

    This is where the caterpillar changes into a butterfly. The Euphonium melody will strike the listener as being very similar to "The Elephant."

    The Bug Parade
    This is a grand finales where we can imagine many of the insects in a Disney-like parade.

    Bands may like to perform the
    as a complete suite or to play individual movements on their own.

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