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Great River Rapid Chase, The

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Josh Trentadue

Josh Trentadue

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

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: II+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: M.O.T.I.F.
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $60.00 | Score Only (digital) - $45.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Horn in F I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Trombone I-II
Euphonium (T.C.)
Euphonium (B.C.)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos (2)
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals (optional)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Toms (4)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Great River Rapid Chase came about from two different reasons. After growing up and living in my home state of Michigan for the majority of my life, I moved to New York City to pursue graduate-level academics. Although I can't deny there have been so many incredible experiences I've had here (and I wouldn't change that for anything), I also can't deny that, every now and again, I've felt a bit homesick for the incredible landscapes and sights that Michigan has to offer. Writing this piece was an opportunity for me to get back in touch with that part of nature that I've loved for so long now.

This piece was also an opportunity for me to exercise another goal: composing high-quality music for young, beginning musicians that could equally be fun to listen to as well as perform. I sought to challenge the players, but not so much as to make the music difficult for all the wrong reasons. This led to further challenges of creating authentic contrasting shapes and new colors within a standardized form that, overall, I had a lot of fun exploring.

The Great River Rapid Chase is a short, fast-paced adventure relying on rhythmic grooves and a sense of determination to arrive towards a final destination. Think of fish swimming upstream in a raging river - sometimes with the currents, sometimes against them. What sort of predators and other dangers will they face?

- Program Note by the composer

State Ratings

  • Michigan: Senior High C



To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Angola High School Bands (Angola, Indiana) (Andrew Keiser, conductor) - 19 May 2019
  • Grand Ledge High School Wind Symphony (Grand Ledge, Michigan) (John Szczerowski, conductor) - 8 May 2019
  • Elkhart Central High School Symphonic Band (Elkhart, Indiana) (David Elliott, conductor) - 21 March 2019
  • Peotone CUSD 207U Bands (Peotone, Indiana) (Adam Rusek, conductor) - 7 March 2019
  • Pennfield High School Bands (Battle Creek, Michigan) (Blake Driver, conductor) - 12 December 2018
  • United Township High School Concert Band (East Moline, Illinois) (Michael Wawrzynski, conductor) - 1 November 2018 *Premiere Performance

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