Silvertube Variations

From Wind Repertory Project
Samuel A. Livingston

Samuel A. Livingston

Subtitle: For Concert Band with Flute Solo

General Info

Year: 2015 / 2019
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Imagine Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00; (digital) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


Full Score
Solo Flute
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon (div.)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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-III
Euphonium (div.)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Silvertube Variations is a set of variations for concert band with flute solo; the title refers to the solo flute. The music is consistently melodic, with harmonies that are modal and consonant. The piece begins with a simple, folk-like theme, played by the solo flute, unaccompanied. The theme is then repeated in the full band, with a chord progression that is not as simple as the tune seems to imply. The piece continues with several variations on that chord progression. Some variations feature the soloist, some feature specific sections of the band, and some use the full band. Some are brisk and playful; some are quiet and tranquil; some are expansive and forceful. In the final variation, the full band builds toward a climax, and then, just before the final chord, stops abruptly. After a brief pause, the solo flute, again playing alone, repeats the theme, and a quiet two-bar coda in the woodwinds and horns ends the piece.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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