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Rainmaker (Band Gr. 1)

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Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 1 | Duration: 2:00
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2019

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    Featuring a strong, driving pulse and folk-inspired melodies, Rainmaker depicts a rain dance - a ritualistic plea for increased rainfall in times of drought. The melodic lines ultimately give way to strong chordal structures meant to represent the arrival of the much-desired rainfall. The piece culminates with a triumphant finish and bringing of rain.

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 1 | Duration: 2:00

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

    Trumpet
    F Horn
    Trombone
    Baritone
    TC Baritone
    Tuba

    Timpani (2 drums)
    Bells
    Percussion 1 & 2 (Snare Drum, Bass Drum)
    Percussion 3 & 4 (Floor Tom, Crash Cymbals, Tambourine)

    Program Notes
    In many societies around the world, a rain dance has served, or serves, civilizations as a plea for increased rainfall in times of drought. Some Native American tribes used rain dances extensively while European examples include the Romanian ceremonies known as paparuda and caloian. These cultures may differ in their heritage, but they share a common history of bringing rain via ritual. Rainmaker suggests such a ritual with a strong, driving rhythmic pulse and folk inspired melodic phrases. These melodic lines ultimately give way to strong chordal structures meant to represent the arrival of the much desired rainfall. Ultimately, the piece culminates with a triumphant finish and the bringing of rain. Rainmaker was originally written for the Memorial Junior School Band (Whippany, NJ) and director Tracy Currie.

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