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Mr Atlas

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Andrew Rindfleisch

Andrew Rindfleisch


General Info

Year: 2006 / 2015
Duration: c. 12:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manzo Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $210.00   |   Score Only (print) - $40.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Mr. Atlas, scored for concert band, finds its inspiration in the old Charles Atlas body building advertisements I would often find in the popular magazines and comic books available to me in childhood. In the most popular of these ads, a bully confronts a slight weakling at a beach and kicks sand in his face. Using the Atlas method, the weakling then transforms himself into a muscle bound hero of sorts. This work, then, is a kind of work of musical transformation -- from the meek to the triumphant. After an austere introduction giving a hint of what’s to come, the solo clarinet presents a lonely, principal theme. Like a muscular exercise, each musical section that follows grows in density and volume, along with the theme, arriving finally at the work’s climactic moment -- an Americana-like hymn, slowly unfolding into a triumphant conclusion.

Mr. Atlas was commissioned by the College Band Director’s National Association for a consortium of fifteen collegiate wind ensembles, and was premiered by the Georgia State University wind ensemble, Robert Ambrose, conductor.

- Program Note by composer


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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Works for Winds by This Composer


Resources

  • Andrew Rindfleisch website
  • Rindfleisch, A. (2006) [2015]. Mr. Atlas: For Concert Band [score]. Manzo Music: Mayfield Village, Ohio.