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Pony Express

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Chris M. Bernotas

Chris M Bernotas


General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 3:55
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $52.00   |   Score Only - $8.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bells
  • Mark Tree
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Travel back in time to when the fastest way to deliver a message was on horseback, riding across the plains, mountains and deserts. This piece has a slight "off-beat" gallop for the horseback ride and a lyrical section that is reminiscent of looking out over the vast spaciousness of the plains. But it isn't long before we're back in the saddle and racing to deliver the mail and to a most enjoyable finish !

-Program Note by publisher


This inventive piece by Chris Bernotas captures the sound and feeling of riding a horse through various landscapes. It switches between time signatures, which represents the “off-beat gallop” of a horse. Bernotas writes that, “Pony Express reminds us of a time when the fastest way to deliver a message was on horseback, riding across the plains, mountains and desert.”

The slower ballad of the middle section conveys the “spaciousness of the plains” and stands in stark contrast to the earlier music. Hopefully you’ll envision a time and place without cars and with a much slower pace in life!

- Program Note by Jeff Torchon


Dedicated to the Mountain Lakes High School 2008-2009 Concert Band, Mountain Lakes, NJ.

-Program Note from score


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Night Owls Campus Community Band (Jeff Torchon, conductor) – 8 December 2019


Works for Winds by this Composer


References