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Golden Pier (flex), The

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Josh Trentadue

Josh Trentadue

This work is the second movement of Trentadue's "The Michigan Triptych."

General Info

Year: 2019 / 2020
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: M.O.T.I.F.
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $65.00

Instrumentation (Adaptable Ensemble)

Full Score

Part 1

  • Piccolo
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • E-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • Soprano Saxophone
  • Violin I

Part 2

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • Alto Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Horn in F
  • Violin II

Part 3

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Horn in F
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Viola

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Bass Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Violoncello
  • Double Bass

Additional Instruments (optional)

  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Harp

Timpani (optional)
Percussion (optional), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Ocean Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


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Program Notes

When I was growing up, my family and I would sometimes travel to the Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier in my home state of Michigan. One of the earliest memories I have of that place is how far it was to walk to the lighthouse, how warm the sandy beaches were, and how cold the waters of Lake Michigan were on that bright summer day. There was another time that I visited this place around sunset. The lighthouse and pier practically emitted a radiant golden glow across the entire beach, a perfect and quasi-spiritual image of what Michigan's natural beauty has to offer that greatly profounded me.

This piece represents the idea of that place with its lush musical language. But it also represents the warmest qualities that family and home can provide. Thus the work is mainly reflective in a sense, bridged together by a ballad which twists and turns harmonically. Oftentimes warm and peaceful, other times darker and uncertain, The Golden Pier is a work which embraces all of these qualities throughout its entire journey. In the end, however, I believe that the inherent beauty of the Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier will always remain a bright memory and a natural wonder for those who visit it.

The Golden Pier joins my earlier band pieces The Straits of Mackinac and The Great River Rapid Chase to complete a triptych of music inspired by my Michigan roots in some shape or form. I would like to dedicate this piece to my wife, friends, family, and colleagues who have supported me and my work over the past few years. Thank you for believing in my music.

- Program Note by composer

Performance Notes

The Golden Pier has been arranged for four-part adaptable ensemble -- the score is in C. Any combination of instruments at your discretion, as long as they each fulfill the four different parts, can be used to perform this work. I am happy to provide any additional instrumental parts fulfilling another role at your request (ex: B-flat Soprano Clarinet on Part I instead of II).

I highly encourage you to experiment with this piece's orchestration. Use what available resources you have and get creative with color and texture (example: if you have an Electric Bass, or even an electric string quartet or quintet, use it! Go wild!). Use these experimentations as a learning tool for how color and texture can change with even the smallest difference in orchestration (example: have the flutes play a melodic passage alone, then another high group of voices such as clarinet and/or soprano saxophone if available. What are the differences in timbre? Does it affect the mood or emotion of the piece? How, if so?). To that end, use this adaptable-ensemble version of The Golden Pier as an endless sea of experimentation and creative possibilities for you and your students, no matter what the performance situation or instrumentation may be.


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