Instrumentalist magazine reviews
This a celebrative concert opener that is dedicated to the composer’s friend and teacher, Dennis Johnson, currently Director of Bands and Orchestras at Murray State University (Kentucky). Presented in one tempo throughout, the quick-paced work begins in Eb major. Following a brief introduction, the primary thematic material is introduced by the woodwinds with low brass accompaniment. Secondary melodic material leads to a key change, a repetition of the original theme in the new key, and a climactic and satisfying coda that ends in Bb major. The elaborate percussion instrumentation is scored for a minimum of ten players, including three mallet specialists covering glockenspiel, xylophone, and chimes. This inviting selection plays at the more difficult end of the grade level. ($70, TRN, 2:35) J.T.
The work highlights four contrasting dance styles from around the world. The first, entitled Galliard, is a quick Renaissance style dance in 4/4 meter. The second dance is a Waltz that is taken in one beat per measure. The melody is first played by solo flute. Beginning with a percussion section ostinato, the third dance is a Brazilian Samba in 4/4 meter. The collection ends with an American style Hoe-down in 2/4 meter. The integral percussion scoring requires a minimum of seven players including timpani (4) and two mallet players covering glockenspiel and xylophone. Additional equipment includes a set drum and assorted Latin percussion. Ideally suited to second and third year players, the rehearsal challenges will center on the rhythmic and stylistic details. ($50, 3:00, TRN Music Publishers) J.T.
Inspired by an Impressionist painting of the same title, the clarinets introduce a merry little melody that is later played by the entire upper woodwind section with reinforcement from the xylophone. The brass introduce a second theme in a minor mode with simple syncopation; the pointed rhythmic style makes the scoring sound transparent. The final idea is loosely based on the pentatonic scale. Students should be able to maintain clean articulation and steady rhythms when performing this work.
($55, 4:30,TRN) C.R.G.