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For Those Taken Too Soon... (Symphony No. 1)

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Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 5 | Duration: 20:00
Publisher: C. Alan Publications

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    for those taken too soon... is a single-movement symphony was written in memory of one of the composer's dear band director friends. Based on the hymn "It Is Well With My Soul," the five seamless sections of the piece represent the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Powerful!

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 5 | Duration: 20:00

    Instrumentation
    Piccolo
    Flute 1/2
    Oboe 1/2
    Bassoon
    Bb Clarinet 1
    Bb Clarinet 2/3
    Bass Clarinet
    Alto Saxophone
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone

    Offstage Bb Trumpet
    Bb Trumpet 1 (minimum 2 players)
    Bb Trumpet 2/3
    Horn 1/2
    Horn 3/4
    Trombone 1
    Trombone 2/3
    Euphonium
    Tuba

    Double Bass

    Piano (doubles on suspended cymbal, tam-tam)
    Timpani
    Mallet 1 (marimba, 4 tom-toms, vibraphone, suspended cymbal, bells)
    Mallet 2 (chimes, vibraphone, marimba, crotales, bass drum)
    Percussion (tam-tam, suspended cymbal, bass drum, triangle, snare drum, crash cymbals)

    Program Notes
    for those taken too soon... (Symphony No.1) is composed in memory of Dennis Kusy. He was an inspiring conductor, a passionate band director and educator, and one of the most gifted musicians I have ever known. He was also my best friend. He was twenty-four years old when he was killed in a car accident on November 10, 2000.

    The piece is composed of five seamless sections representative of the stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. The key structure is descending thirds, which starts in Eb minor, arrives in Bb major at the climax, then shifts up to D major ("D" for Dennis) at the coda. The melodic basis of the piece is the hymn "It is Well With My Soul," although it is never stated outright until the climax. It is a tune which Dennis first encountered in David Holsinger's On A Hymnsong of Philip Bliss, and used to have me play on the piano for him whenever we were together.

    - Kimberly K. Archer

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    • For Those Taken Too Soon (symphonic band) by Kimberly K. Archer

      Performed by the UNC-Chapel Hill Symphony Band, conducted by Jeffrey Fuchs Published by C. Alan Publications (www.c-alanpublications.com) This single-movement symphony was written in memory of one of the composer's dear band director friends. Based on the hymn "It Is Well With My Soul," the five seamless sections of the piece represent the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Powerful! Instrumentation: Piccolo Flute 1/2 Oboe 1/2 Bassoon Bb Clarinet 1 Bb Clarinet 2/3 Bass Clarinet Alto Saxophone Tenor Saxophone Baritone Saxophone Offstage Bb Trumpet Bb Trumpet 1 (minimum 2 players) Bb Trumpet 2/3 Horn 1/2 Horn 3/4 Trombone 1 Trombone 2/3 Euphonium Tuba Double Bass Piano (doubles on suspended cymbal, tam-tam) Timpani Mallet 1 (marimba, 4 tom-toms, vibraphone, suspended cymbal, bells) Mallet 2 (chimes, vibraphone, marimba, crotales, bass drum) Percussion (tam-tam, suspended cymbal, bass drum, triangle, snare drum, crash cymbals)
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