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Robert Buckley

Robert Buckley

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General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 5:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $115.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone Solo
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
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Prestidigitation means slight of hand or nimble fingers and describes the alto saxophone soloist in this work. This composition was written for the esteemed alto saxophonist Julia Nolan, and uses a seven-note scale loosely based on a blues scale. This, along with the triplet rhythms, the walking bass, and the call-and-response style, gives the piece a slightly jazzy feel.

The work opens "allegro animato" and introduces the various phrases that become the basis of the piece. This leads to a bluesy section accompanied by a saxophone quartet and then develops into a solo cadenza and finally into a big finish.

Buckley's aim with this work was to create a dialogue between the soloist and the ensemble, where each feeds into the other.

Prestidigitation was co-commissioned by the West Vancouver Youth Band, the Pacific Wind Ensemble, and the Sea to Sky Wind Ensemble.

- Program Note from the University of British Columbia Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert program, 20 November 2015


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Arizona (Tucson) Symphonic Band (Michael I. Gaines, conductor; Ashley Krogstad, also saxophone) - 25 April 2019
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Robert Taylor, conductor; Julia Nolan, alto saxophone) – 20 November 2015

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