Firepower is a blazing fast work that suggests spectacular fireworks and other such explosions with off-beat accents in the driving snare drum and timpani. Set in the standard fast-slow-fast sections, an alto saxophone soloist moves into the spotlight during the slower expressive section.
Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard Level: 4 | Duration: 5:50
Horn in F 1 Horn in F 2 Horn in F 3 Horn in F 4* Bb Cornet 1 Bb Cornet 2 Bb Cornet 3* Bb Trumpet 1 Bb Trumpet 2 Trombone 1 Trombone 2* Trombone 3 Euphonium (Baritone T.C.) Tuba
Timpani/Suspended Cymbal Percussion 1 (xylophone, glockenspiel) Percussion 2 (1 or more snare drums, suspended cymbal, triangle)
*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 Firepower was the code name for the planning of the 1997 Royal Tournament by Michael Parker (producer). I met Michael Parker in the summer of 1996 and he outlined an idea based on a firework festival he had seen in Valencia Spain. This sparked off some musical ideas and the result is this piece. The off-beat accents in the percussion part suggests explosions, and there are moments which suggest spectacular fireworks. The work is in three sections, two very fast outer parts surrounding a slower, more expressive opportunity for the alto sax soloist.