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Steven Bryant

Steven Bryant

General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 11:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Steven Bryant
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental

Works within set that may be played alone

1. Chant - 6:35
2. Triumph - 4:20


Full Score
Flute I-II-III (I doubles==ing Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
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
Bass Trombone
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Commissioned in memory of Ernest and Donald Caneva by their family and friends, Paean pays tribute to these men and their years of accomplishments as bandleaders. As preparation for the work, I discussed their personalities with Tom Caneva and Scott Casagrande: according to Scott, "Don was aggressive and headstrong, brash and caring. Ernie was suave, funny, loyal and a traditionalist." In addition, Tom revealed that Ernie, a lover of Italian opera, had made a transcription of Verdi's Triumphal March during his career. Using this as a starting point, I began to explore and develop the melody from Verdi's fanfare, morphing it across the whole-tone scale until it takes on a wild, hyper-energetic, slightly unpredictable character. This fanfare, Triumph, forms the second of two works in this set (I prefer to think of them as a set of independent pieces, rather than movements -- either can stand alone in performance).

My approach to the first work in the set, Chant, developed from a visit to William Francis McBeth, my mentor and first composition teacher, in fall 2011. With his blessing, I decided to build a piece around his early work, Chant and Jubilo. In an unexpected coincidence, I discovered his work turned 50 years old in December 2011, the exact same month I completed Paean. Unfortunately, McBeth ("Dr. Mac" to his students), passed away in January 2012, before I had a chance to share this music with him. This music celebrates and is dedicated to the mentors and teachers who have shaped and inspired us.

Commissioned by Ball State University, Muncie, Ind., Thomas Caneva, Director of Bands; John Hersey High School, Arlington Heights, Ill., Scott Casagrande, Director of Bands; Lockport Township High School, Lockport, Ill., Brian Covey, Director of Bands; Coastal Communities Concert Band, San Diego, Calif., Robert C. Fleming, Conductor; Members of the Caneva family. World premiere took place on February 19, 2012, at Ball State University.

- Program Note by composer


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None discovered thus far.


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