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Celebrating the Fourth

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Samuel A. Livingston

Samuel A. Livingston

General Info

Year: 2007 / 2016
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Imagine Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon (div.)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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 (div.)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The title of this piece is a musical pun. The phrase “Celebrating the Fourth” suggests a Fourth-of-July celebration, with fireworks, games, and patriotic music. The title also refers to the musical interval of a fourth. All of the themes are built, in some way, around the interval of a fourth.

The piece begins with a theme that suggests fireworks, piling up fourths in the brass with rising sixteenth-note runs in the high woodwinds and resolving to a major chord followed by a cymbal crash. To convey the idea of games, there is a playful theme first stated by a solo trumpet and piccolo. To suggest patriotic music, there are two anthem-like themes (somewhat like America the Beautiful or God Bless America) and a vigorous march that is introduced in the middle of the piece and repeated near the end. The piece concludes with the fireworks theme.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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