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Byzantium

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Nicole Chamberlain

Nicole Chamberlain


General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 3:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Nikkinotes
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $35.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F
Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Percussion (5 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Djembe/Congas
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Ancient Greek mythology attributes to the founding of the ancient city of Byzantium to Byzas. Byzas was son of Poseidon, and his mother, Keroessa, was the daughter of Io and Zeus. The oracle of Apollo at Delph instructed Byzas to settle opposite the "Land of the Blind". This area of the Golden Horn was positioned on prime real estate where the city could regulate the only entrance of the Black Sea. Since the founding the city has changed its name from Constantinople to today's Istanbul.

During her youth, the composer was able to visit the Batumi and Tbilisi of the Republic of Georgia and then Istanbul, Turkey, for a summer music student exchange. The trip made a lasting impression musically and personally. She was exposed for the outside of the western musical traditions as well as byzantine art. It's a trip she reflects on often, and certainly influenced the development of this piece, Byzantium.

- Program Note from publisher


Awards

  • Kappa Kappa Psi's Female Band Composition Competition, 2018, Honorable Mention


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Penn State University (University Park) Concert Band (Robert Hickey, conductor) - 25 April 2022


Works for Winds by This Composer


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