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Arabesque

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Samuel Hazo

Samuel Hazo


General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $125.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV (7 Players), including:

  • Bass Drums (2: one medium or large)
  • China Cymbal
  • Congas (2)
  • Darabuka or Doumbek
  • Glockenspiel
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine (plastic, mounted)
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Commissioned by the Indiana Bandmasters Association for the 2008 All-State High School Honor Band, this stunning work from the pen of Samuel Hazo is a tour de force of Middle Eastern sounds for the contemporary wind band. From delicate and sensual soloistic writing to full-blown ensemble passages with rapid fire tutti rhythms and frenzied percussion, here is a rewarding piece with drama and depth that will be the high point of any concert or festival program.

- Program note by publisher


Arabesque was commissioned by the Indiana Bandmasters Association and written for the 2008 Indiana All-State Band. Arabesque is based in the mystical sounds of Middle Eastern music and it is composed in three parts. “Taqasim” (tah’-zeem), “dabka” (dupp-keh) and “chorale.” The opening flute cadenza, although written out in notes, is meant to sound like an Arabic taqasim or improvisation. Much the same as in jazz improvisation, the soloist is to play freely in the scales and modes of the genre. In this case, the flute plays in bi-tonal harmonic minor scales, and even bends one note to capture the micro-tonality (quarter-tones) of the music from this part of the world. However, opposite to jazz, taqasim has very little change to the chordal or bass line accompaniment. It is almost always at the entrance to a piece of music and is meant to set the musical and emotional tone.

The second section, a dabka, is a traditional Arabic line dance performed at celebrations, most often at weddings. Its drum beat, played by a dumbek or durbake hand drum is unmistakable. Even though rhythmically simple, it is infectious in its ability to capture the toe-tapping attention of the listener. The final section, the chorale, is a recapitulation of previous mystical themes in the composition, interwoven with a grandeur of a sparkling ending.

Both sets of my grandparents immigrated to the United States; my mother’s parents were Lebanese, my father’s mother was Lebanese and his father was Assyrian. Sometimes in composition, the song comes from the heart, sometimes from the mind, and sometimes (as in this case) it’s in your blood. The Indiana Bandmasters Association asked for a piece that was unique. I had not heard any full-out Arabic pieces for wind orchestra, and I knew of this culture’s deep and rich musical properties … so I figured that one might as well come from me.(Plus, my mom asked if I was ever going to write one.) I hope you enjoy Arabesque.

- Program Note by composer


Media


State Ratings

  • Georgia: VI
  • Maryland: VI
  • Michigan: A
  • Minnesota: I
  • North Carolina: VI
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: V
  • Wisconsin: New Titles for WI Festival List 2010


Performances

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  • Southwest Civic Winds (Durango, Colo.) (Rhonda L. Muckerman, conductor; Diann Cates, flute) – 4 May 2022 (ACB 2022 Annual Convention (Santa Fe, New Mexico))
  • James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) Concert Band (Scott Rikkers, conductor) - 24 March 2022
  • Shepherd University (Shepherdstown, W.V.) Wind Ensemble (Arden Cline, conductor) - 7 May 2021
  • Shepherd University (Shepherdstown, W.V.) Wind Ensemble (Scott Hippensteel, conductor) - 23 April 2021
  • Southeast Polk High School (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) Wind Ensemble (Jacquelyn Meunier, conductor) - 2 March 2021
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor; Barry Houser, guest conductor) – 8 March 2020
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla) Wind Symphony (David Samson, conductor) – 10 November 2019
  • Walnut Hills High School (Cincinnati, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Richard Canter, conductor) – 2 November 2019
  • NorthWinds Symphonic Band (Kansas City, Mo.) (John Bell, conductor) - 13 October 2019
  • Petaluma (Calif.) Community Band (Dublin, Calif.) (Arlene Burney, conductor) – 9 June 2019 (Golden Gate Park, San Francisco)
  • Colorado Mesa University (Grand Junction) Wind Symphony (Calvin Hofer, conductor) – 10 May 2019
  • Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (David Diggs, conductor) – 5 May 2019
  • Newtown (Conn.) High School Wind Ensemble (Kurt Eckardt, conductor) – 24 May 2019 (Carnegie Hall, New York)
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Concert Band (Matt Garrett, conductor) – 18 April 2019
  • University of South Dakota (Vermillion) Symphonic Band (John LaCognata, conductor) – 16 April 2019 (Iowa City, Iowa)
  • Santa Cruz (Calif.) High School Symphonic Band (Christina Latham, conductor) – 12 April 2019 (2019 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Wind Ensemble (Alyssa Comeau, conductor) – 1 March 2019
  • University of North Carolina Charlotte Wind Ensemble (Shawn Smith, conductor) – 27 February 2019
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Symphony Band (Kevin Gray Richardson, conductor) – 24 February 2019


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