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In This Broad Earth (flex)

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Steven Bryant

Steven Bryant


General Info

Year: 2015 / 2020
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Steven Bryant
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $30.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 2

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • Horn in F
  • Violin
  • Viola

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Horn in F
  • Cello

Part 5

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • String Bass
  • Cello

Timpani (optional)
Percussion (optional), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Shakers
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

COME, said the Muse,
Sing me a song no poet yet has chanted,
Sing me the Universal.

In this broad Earth of ours,
Amid the measureless grossness and the slag,
Enclosed and safe within its central heart,
Nestles the seed Perfection.

from Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Universal” from Leaves of Grass

In This Broad Earth is a short fanfare, adapted for flexible five-part ensemble (and optional percussion) from the band work of the same name. Inspired by beauty I witness when hiking in the Austrian Alps with my wife, Verena, the music celebrates the earth, our only home (for now).

- Program Note by composer


Performant Notes

This arrangement of In This Broad Earth requires a minimum of five players, one from each of the following

categories/parts:

I. Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Trumpet, or Violin
II. Clarinet in Bb, Trumpet in Bb, Eb Alto Sax, or Violin
III. Clarinet in Bb, Trumpet in Bb, Bb Tenor Sax, Horn in F, Violin, or Viola
IV. Bb Tenor Sax, Horn in F, Trombone, Euphonium, Bassoon, or Cello

V. Bass Clarinet, Trombone, Euphonium, Bassoon, Eb Baritone Sax, Tuba, Cello, or Str. Bass

Percussion (all optional):

Timpani, Glock/Tam-tam, Snare Drum, Suspended/Crash/Shaker, and Bass Drum parts.

If you have more than five players, double parts in an equitable manner, and I encourage you to refer to my original band and orchestra versions for instrumentation ideas based on the players you have available to you. Feel free to adjust orchestration as warranted. I hope you experiment freely in rehearsal and invite your players to make suggestions, switch parts, etc., to gain a deeper understanding of the impact instrumentation, octave placement, and density have on our experience of music. My goal with this adaptation is for the conductor and players to gain deeper insight into how music is put together, and how their intentional decisions are critical in all of their performances.


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Performances

To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • High Point (N.C.) University Wind Ensemble (Brian Meixner, conductor) - 18 November 2020
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Symphony (Thomas Caneva, conductor) - 2 October 2020


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