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Gambit (Band Gr. 2)


Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 2 | Duration: 3:30
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2019

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    A “gambit” is a daring and adventurous opening strategy. This music for young band mixes elements of suspense and excitement into a high-energy concert or contest piece sure to please your band and audience.

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 2 | Duration: 3:30

    Flute 1
    Flute 2
    Oboe (opt.)
    Bassoon (opt.)
    Clarinet 1
    Clarinet 2
    Bass Clarinet
    Alto Saxophone 1
    Alto Saxophone 2
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone

    Trumpet 1
    Trumpet 2
    F Horn
    TC Baritone

    Timpani (2 drums)
    Xylophone & Bells (opt.)
    Percussion 1 (2 Concert Toms)
    Percussion 2 (Suspended Cymbal)
    Percussion 3 (Snare Drum, Bass Drum)

    Program Notes
    The word “gambit” refers to an opening strategy in a game like chess that involves a risky move. A gambit is daring and adventurous, but can lead to success. This idea is the inspiration for the music in Gambit. After a suspenseful introduction an exciting main theme is presented in the trumpets. This theme is developed with the full ensemble, and then gives way to a more contemplative middle section that mixes a new theme with fragments from the earlier music. The final section brings back the main motives from the trumpet theme and introduction for a thrilling ending.

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