Arctic Fire

From Wind Repertory Project
Robert Buckley

Robert Buckley


This work is the first movement of Buckley's Symphony No. 1, Portraits of the North.


General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 5:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00; (digital) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hi-hat
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The cinematic approach to the music of Arctic Fire portrays many different images of the North - the crimson sunlight glinting off the icebergs, the radiance of the northern lights, the blaze of the red twig dogwood, the scarlet red sunsets, and the fiery spirit of the people who live there. The piece opens and closes with a series of dramatic musical snapshots. In between, the music evolves and transforms through a wide range of stylistic textures and moods.

- Program Note from publisher


The cinematic approach to the music of Arctic Fire portrays many different images of the north -- the crimson sunlight glinting off the icebergs, the radiance of the northern lights, the blaze of the red twig dogwood, the scarlet red sunsets, and the fiery spirit of the people who live there.

The piece opens with a series of snapshots -- powerful, sustained chords from the brass being echoed by very gentle chords from the woodwinds, creating the idea of sound disappearing into the wilderness. The music then takes us on a flight over the immense northern landscape during spring thaw. With grand panoramas, ice covered peaks, breathtaking colors, ice crashing into the ocean and signs of life emerging from the frozen ground, the music keeps transforming and building to the final set of musical snapshots.

Arctic Fire is the first movement of Portraits of the North and was commissioned by the West Vancouver (B.C.) Youth Band, Douglas Macaulay, director, to commemorate the band's 80th anniversary.

- Program Note from score


Media


State Ratings

  • North Carolina: V


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