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Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 4 | Duration: 5:50
Publisher: G & M Brand | Copyright: 1997

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    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

    Flute 1
    Flute 2
    Oboe 1
    Oboe 2*
    Bb Clarinet 1
    Bb Clarinet 2
    Bb Clarinet 3
    Eb Alto Clarinet*
    Bb Bass Clarinet*
    Bassoon 1
    Bassoon 2*
    Alto Saxophone 1
    Alto Saxophone 2
    Tenor Saxophone*
    Baritone Saxophone*

    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
    (Baritone T.C.)

    String Bass*

    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.

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