Inspired by the English proverb, "From little acorns do mighty oaks grow," Bruce Broughton fully embraces this idea with his colorful 9-minute work for 6-part adaptable wind band and optional percussion – starting with the seed of 6 flexible parts and developing into a full-scale piece that is simultaneously playful & serious.
Genre: 6-Part Flex Band | # of Players: 6+
Series: The SpectraFlex Series
Level: 5 | Duration: 9:00
Transposed Score (showing all transposed parts)
Condensed Score (only "C" parts)
(2 copies of each of all parts for each listed instrument)
Part 1: Piccolo (optional), Flute, Oboe, B-flat Clarinet
Part 2: Flute, Oboe, B-flat Clarinet, E-flat Alto Saxophone
Part 3: B-flat Clarinet, E-flat Alto Saxophone, B-flat Trumpet, F Horn
Part 4: B-flat Clarinet, E-flat Alto Saxophone, B-flat Trumpet, F Horn
Part 5: B-flat Tenor Saxophone, F Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Bassoon
Part 6: B-flat Bass Clarinet, E-flat Baritone Saxophone, Trombone, Euphonium, Bassoon, Tuba, Double Bass
Percussion Parts (100% optional)
Timpani (4 drums)
Percussion 1: Xylophone, Marimba (4-oct), Glockenspiel, Triangle, Vibraphone
Percussion 2: Tambourine, Guiro, Tenor Drum, Crash Cymbals, Suspended Cymbal, Chimes, 2 Woodblocks, Temple Blocks, Bass Drum
Percussion 3: Snare Drum, 4 Roto-Toms, Triangle
Little Acorns takes its title, as well as its form, from the old English proverb, “From little acorns do mighty oaks grow.” This piece is full of “little acorns,” motifs and ideas that are introduced, worked on, put aside, re-introduced and worked on some more, until a much larger piece – the “Mighty Oak,” containing all of the little motives that grew, developed and branched out from the “Acorns,” – eventually comes into being.
ABOUT THE SERIES
The SpectraFlex Series for adaptable wind band offers flexibility with pieces across all grade levels, featuring traditional high-to-low scoring with 5 or 6 parts and optional percussion. Each part is transposed and playable by a multitude of wind or keyboard percussion instruments while maintaining the spectrum of sound we have grown to love about the wind band.