Serenade for Band (Polster)

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Ian Polster

Ian Polster

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General Info

Year: 1976
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - unknown


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Program Notes

Written in "mirror" form (A-B-C-B-A), Serenade for Band explores the relationship of intervals, which is the measured distance between two notes. Mr. Polster has used the intervals of a second and a fifth, as well as their inversions (a seventh and a fourth, respectively).

The opening A section is a quietly introspective duet between the flute and clarinet, exploring the unique interval relations and contrasting texture of sounds. The two soloists expand their registers, playing farther and farther apart harmonically, all while maintaining the second and fifth intervals. The B theme introduces a lively rhythmic figure, keeping true to the original intention of using the intervals, with the rhythms eventually being transformed. A "circular" section C follows, where a theme is presented and then played in its inversion, ultimately returning to the first theme's starting note, maintaining the constant 2/5 intervals. The two parts are totally dependent on each other, each sounding incomplete if not followed by its counterpart. To complete the "mirror" effect, the lively B section returns faster than before, followed by the quiet A section with the soloists restating the theme. The entire ensemble joins again in a crashing climax, followed by a gentle fading reminiscence of the opening of the composition.

Serenade for Band was composed in 1976 to honor the celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Dr. Donald E. McGinnis as conductor of The Ohio State University Concert Band, hence the use of the second and fifth intervals as a harmonic basis.

- Program notes by Kathy Boster


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