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Verne Reynolds

Verne Reynolds


General Info

Year: 1971 (pub. in 1974)
Duration: c. 17:00
Difficulty: VII (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print

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Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II-III-IV (III-IV doubling C Piccolo)
Oboe I-II-III-IV (IV doubling English Horn)
Bassoon I-II-III
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV-V
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba
Piano (double Celesta)
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Cymbals (Crash)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Scenes is dedicated to Donald Hunsberger and the 20th anniversary of the Eastman Wind Ensemble. It The work can be divided into three sections. The first section has a Maestoso introduction followed by an Allegro which culminates in aleatoric passages for the whole ensemble. The second section is quite slow with long sustains in the muted brasses. The conclusion of this section is an English horn solo. The final section is marked Presto and moves between 9/8 and 3/4 meters. The work utilizes 12 tone rows for its melodic material.

- Program Note by publisher


Scenes is a difficult, complex, highly dissonant, and rhythmically involved serial composition which begins with heavy emphasis on the tone C-sharp. The title refers only to the expressive changes observed during the “travel” through the five sections. Scenes opens with a dramatic and intense Maestoso, having many subdivided intricacies and a combination of contrapuntal and parallel-motion textures. The Allegro includes brilliant 16th-note passages, leading to an unmetered free section where each part plays its on figuration in different tempos against a 12-note ostinato appearing in a different instrumental group five times. This is followed by a slow, chorale-like section in soft cluster-chords leading to a cadenza-like English horn solo. Scenes concludes with a breathtaking virtuoso Presto, demanding enormous technical facility, particularly from the brass.

- Program Notes by Joseph Kreines and Frank B. Wickes


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