Bootlegger's Break

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Mason Bates

Mason Bates

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General Info

Year: 2022
Duration: c. 5:55
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Aphra Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Rental   |   Score Only (print) - $60.00


Full Score
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
C Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion (4 players)

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None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Concert bands – orchestras without strings, but with tons of brass, winds, and percussion -- have continued to perform many of my works over the years. But it’s been only rare occasions when I’ve written specifically for this marvelous medium. One of the leading ensembles I’ve worked with over the years is the Frost Ensemble at the University of Miami led by conductor Robert Carnochan, and I’m excited to be composing a lightning-fast opener to be premiered by the Frost this spring [2022].

Bootlegger’s Break is a quicksilver opener driven by the soul of Lee Petty, a famous Prohibition-era getaway driver (his son Richard Petty channeled those skills into NASCAR). It has equal parts big-band-era energy and bluesy nods to Petty’s southern roots, with a great deal of inspiration coming from the big-band music that constantly emanates from my father’s man-cave. Stan Kenton, Artie Shaw, Glenn Gray: these masters of large ensembles are rarely heard today. It’s not often I get to write for many saxophones and horns, with a half-dozen percussionists backing them up: the ‘break’ of the title refers both to escapes and drum breaks.

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State Ratings

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  • University of Miami (Fla.) Frost Wind Ensemble (Robert Carnochan, conductor) – 17 February 2023 (CBDNA 2023 National Conference, Athens, Ga.)
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Orchestra (Andrew Trachsel, conductor) – 17 November 2022
  • San Francisco (Calif.) Conservatory of Music (Brad Hogarth, conductor) - 10 November 2022
  • University of Miami (Coral Gables, Fla.) Frost Wind Ensemble (Robert Carnochan, conductor) – 11 March 2022 *Premiere Performance*

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