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Prelude for an Occasion

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Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 4 | Duration: 4:00
Publisher: G & M Brand

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    This curtain raiser sets a lively mood by bursting into a fanfare, followed by a short bouncing figure and a lively clarinet solo. Rhythmic bi-play, trombone glissandi and a light-hearted obbligato, all add to the merriment. The opening fanfare returns in extended form, and a final flourish brings Prelude for an Occasion to a triumphant ending.

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 4 | Duration: 4:00

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

    F Horn 1/2
    F Horn 3/4*
    Bb Cornet 1
    Bb Cornet 2
    Bb Cornet 3*
    Bb Trumpet 1
    Bb Trumpet 2
    Trombone 1
    Trombone 2*
    Bass Trombone
    Euphonium
    (TC Baritone)
    Tuba

    String Bass*

    Timpani
    Percussion 1 (snare drum, wood block, tambourine)
    Percussion 2 (crash cymbals, suspended cymbal, triangle, glockenspiel)

    Parts marked with as asterisk (*) are NOT ESSENTIAL, although their presence will obviously enable a fuller realization of the composer's intentions to be achieved.

    Program Notes
    Prelude for an Occasion might be described as a "curtain raiser." Its purpose is to set a mood which this Prelude does by bursting into a fanfare, always a good way to arrest attention. A quicker tempo Allegro moderato follows, comprising a short bouncing figure answered by a solid response from the lower instruments and introducing a lively solo on the clarinet, marked Giocoso (playfully, merrily). The interval of a falling 5th is important, echoes by a similar response from other instruments, which then gives way to a broad melody, played canabile (in a singing style).

    Rhythmic bi-play, trombone glissandi and a light-hearted obbligato, all add to the merriment. The opening fanfare returns in extended form, and a final flourish brings the Prelude to a triumphant ending.

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