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Variants on a New England Hymn


Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 4 | Duration: 7:20
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2007

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    This profound setting of the familiar William Billings hymn “Chester” is the basis for the material in this dramatic tone poem for symphonic band. The hymn tune is presented in a straightforward fashion after the powerful introduction. This is followed by the main body of the piece, which is a deconstructed version of the melodic line placed in contemporary rhythmic and harmonic settings. Both color and rhythmic vitality are obtained from extensive use of percussion; and the meter changes, while frequent, have a natural feel. The close of the piece is emotionally stirring and artistically satisfying.

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 4 | Duration: 7:20

    Flute 1/2
    Clarinet in Bb 1
    Clarinet in Bb 2/3
    Eb Alto Clarinet
    Bass Clarinet
    Alto Saxophone 1/2
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone

    Trumpet in Bb 1
    Trumpet in Bb 2/3
    Horn in F 1/2
    Horn in F 3/4
    Trombone 1/2
    Trombone 3
    (Baritone T.C.)

    Timpani (4 drums)
    Percussion 1 (Bells, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Chimes, Marimba)
    Percussion 2 (Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Triangle, Crash Cymbals, Claves, Large Gong, Piccolo Snare Drum)
    Percussion 3 (4 Concert Toms, Suspended Cymbal, Crash Cymbals)

    Program Notes
    Dedicated to the Acton-Boxborough Friends of Music for their continuing support of our program and to the members of the Acton-Boxborough High School Band, Mark Hickey, director

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