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Celebration (Copland)

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Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland (arr. Philip J Lang)


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Subtitle: From Billy the Kid


General Info

Year: 1938 / 1945
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

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Instrumentation

Condensed Score
C Piccolo
D-flat Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-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 Bass Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II
B-flat Trumpet
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Harp
Timpani
Percussion

(percussion detail desired)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Billy the Kid is a 1938 ballet written by the American composer Aaron Copland on commission from Lincoln Kirstein. It was choreographed by Eugene Loring for Ballet Caravan. Along with Rodeo and Appalachian Spring, it is one of Copland's most popular and widely performed pieces. It is most famous for its incorporation of several cowboy tunes and American folk songs and, although built around the figure and the exploits of Billy the Kid, is not so much a biography of a notorious but peculiarly appealing desperado as it is a perception of the pioneer West, in which a figure such as Billy played a vivid role.

Celebration in the original ballet is subtitled After Billy's Capture.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Concert Band (Aaron Copland, conductor) – 2 March 1958


Works for Winds by this Composer


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