Nonet for Woodwinds

From Wind Repertory Project
Arthur Bird

Arthur Bird (ed. Gunther Schuller)


Subtitle: Marche Miniature


General Info

Year: 1887 / 1984
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Margun Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $10.00


Instrumentation

  • Full Score
  • C Piccolo
  • Flute I-II
  • Oboe I-II
  • Bassoon I-II
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Bird’s Nonet for Woodwinds, entitled Marche Miniature, is unusual in its instrumentation, diverging from the classical wind octets of the late 18th century by eliminating the two horns but adding two flutes and a piccolo instead. This gives the work a bright, light-textured sonority. As in so much of Bird’s oeuvre, the musical discourse is clear and reasoned, melodically fetching, harmonically inventive, filled with welcome instrumentation variety.

The Nonet’s form is simple: a melodious “march” set in a moderate flowing tempo cradles a middle-section trio, which does double duty as a sort of “development section.” A typically adroit Birdian coda brings the work to a brilliant finish.

- Program Note by Gunther Schuller


Media

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • University of Maryland (College Park) Wind Orchestra (Michael Votta, conductor) - 11 November 2023


Works for Winds by This Composer


Resources

  • Bird, A.; Schuller, G. (1984). Nonet for woodwinds: Marche miniature: for piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, and 2 bassoons [score]. Margun Music: Newton Centre, Mass.