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Defenders, The

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Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 5 | Duration: 10:00
Publisher: G & M Brand | Copyright: 1999

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    The Defenders is cast in one continuous movement but with clearly defined sections of National conflict. Noble themes and stated animism depict the threat and mobilization of soldiers. Tensions mount as the trumpet calls and defenders prepare themselves for action.

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 5 | Duration: 10:00

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

    1st Bb Cornet
    2nd Bb Cornet
    3rd Bb Cornet
    1st Bb Trumpet
    2nd Bb Trumpet
    1st F Horn
    2nd F Horn
    3rd F Horn
    4th F Horn
    1st Trombone
    2nd Trombone
    3rd Trombone
    Euphonium
    (TC Baritone)
    Tuba

    String Bass*

    Timpani
    Percussion 1 [4 players] (2 snare drums, cymbals, bass drum, tenor drum, mark tree, suspended cymbal, anvil, tam tam, triangle)
    Percussion 2 [2 players] (xylophone, vibraphone, glockenspiel, tubular bells)

    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
    The Defenders is cast in one continuous movement but with clearly defined sections. After an introduction we hear a noble theme with dark undertones evoking the emotions of "A Nation Under Threat." The music swells and becomes animated as we enter a state of "Moblisation." This section contains a sturdy, defiant march full of grim determination. The mood lightens and for a while we forget the conflict. However this reverie is terminated abruptly and, as thoughts of war return, we enter a state of "Red Alert."

    Tension mounts as strident trumpet calls warn of an enemy sighting. The defenders prepare themselves for action as they face the ensuing "Enemy Attack." Sounds of guns are heard as the invaders are repulsed and, as an enemy aircraft is brought crashing to the ground, the raid is over and the defenders rejoice amid "Victory Celebrations."

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