Sea of Marmora, The

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Allan Gilliland

Allan Gilliland

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General Info

Year: 2011 / 2012
Duration: c. 7:25
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Music Direct Ltd.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – C$89.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute 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
Tuba/Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)

Players clapping


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The idea for this commission came from band directors Randy Witte, Jerrold Dubyk (Victoria School of the Arts) and Lindsey Coulter (Queen Elizabeth High School) who were planning a combined concert and wanted the evening to culminate with a new work involving both their bands.

Normally when a high school band commissions me, I attend a couple of rehearsals and then compose a work that is tailor-made to their strengths. This commission was a little different, and at first hard to wrap my head around, because each band had a different balance of sections and thus different strengths. I wanted the piece to honor both schools and for all players to take part. At first I thought about a multi-movement work but then decided on a one-movement work designed in such a way that students of all levels could participate.

The piece begins with a flourish that leads into section one. Here I highlight four soloists from bands, in this case flute, tuba, alto sax and baritone. This section also explores some aleatoric or free textures and you’ll also hear some unusual percussion sounds from instruments invented by the players. Section two is slow and melodic developing a theme I originally wrote in 2011 for the Citadel Theatre’s production of Three Musketeers. This leads into the final section, which to me has a Turkish flavor and inspired the title The Sea of Marmora. The Sea of Marmora (or Marmara) is the inland sea that connects the Black Sea to the Aegean.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned: by Queen Elizabeth School and Victoria School of the Arts with support from the Victoria School Foundation for the Arts

Premiered: April 26, 2012 in Edmonton, Alberta.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Alberta (Edmonton) Wind Ensemble (Lidia Khaner, conductor) - 23 November 2023

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