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Oscar Navarro

Oscar Navarro


Subtitle: Invención para Banda Sinfónica. From the Suite Bestiarium


General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 4:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Oscar Navarro
Cost: Score and Parts - €117.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone I-II
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
Cello
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Drum Set
  • Embolo Flute
  • Flexaton
  • Fly instrument
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Whip
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Fly comes from the Bestiarium Suite, a piece consisting of nine movements, each written by prolific international composers. Navarro describes his contribution to the work as "an invention for wind band." One might describe the overall work as a sort of "gallop."

Largely a theatrical and programmatic work, The Fly is intended to entertain the audience by its special sound and visual effects as much as by the actual musical content.

One instrument, the "fly instrument," is something that needs to be built (the composer gives detailed instructions for construction), and is intended to make the buzzing sound of a fly in motion.

- Program Note from Teaching Music through Performance in Band


The composer writes, “The Fly is a musical invention for symphonic wind band, conceived to emulate the sound produced when a fly travels across the different sections of the band. The music begins in the calmest manner, awakening the listener from a peaceful dream, and throughout the duration of the piece their mood will change into a state of wrath caused by the tediousness of this fly.”

- Program Note by Dominic Talanca for the Lone Star Wind Orchestra concert program, 25 January 2015


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • University of Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown, PE, Can.) Wind Symphony (Karem J. Simon, conductor)– 21 November 2109
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Symphony Band (George R. Boulden, conductor) - 14 April 2019
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Symphonic Band (Matthew Arau, conductor) – 13 April 2019
  • Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (James Colonna, conductor) – 28 February 2019
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Wind Symphony (Donald Peterson, conductor) – 7 December 2016
  • University of North Texas Wind Symphony (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) - 16 April 2015
  • Lone Star Wind Symphony (Richardson, Tex.) (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) - 25 January 2015


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • George, Matthew. "'The Fly." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 837-843. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.