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Circus Bee, The (ed Schissel)

From Wind Repertory Project
Henry Fillmore

Henry Fillmore (ed. Schissel)


General Info

Year: 1908 / 2007
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig Masters
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $14.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
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
Cornets I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drum
  • Snare Drum


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

A “screamer” is an extremely fast circus march intended to stir up the audience during the show. Circus marches are faster than normal military marches, often 130 to 150 beats per minute instead of 120. Screamers are very demanding to perform, especially for the low brass, because of their extremely fast and complex rhythms.

- Program Note by the San Jose Wind Symphony concert program, 9 March 2014


This march was a celebration of sorts for the fact that Fillmore and his father (who managed their publishing business) finally agreed that the young composer could publish his music “at home” even though it did not meet the elder Fillmore’s standard of being religious music. The title came from an imaginary circus newspaper; if John Klohr could name his famous march after a show business paper called The Billboard, why not name his new march after a circus paper, real or not? Perhaps, if Henry Fillmore were still living, he would compose The Circus Fanfare March after the bulletin published by the Windjammers Unlimited, Inc. This group of circus music buffs alternates recording sessions at their conventions with discussions concerning music performed at circuses, past, present, and future. Most seem to agree that the Circus Bee March reflects Fillmore’s lifelong interest in circuses and his varied experiences while touring with five different big top shows.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Ted Henderson, conductor) – 19 May 2019
  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Band (Dennis Glocke, conductor) – 25 April 2019
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (Mark Heidel, conductor) - 21 February 2019
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Wind Symphony (Don L. Peterson, conductor) – 1 November 2018
  • San Jose Wind Symphony (Edward C. Harris, conductor) - 9 March 2014


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 204.