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Symphonic Essay

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James Barnes

James Barnes


This work bears the designation Opus 133.


General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 7:45
Difficulty: IV 1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00; (digital) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00; (digital) - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-tam
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-toms (2; medium and low)
  • Triangle (7")
  • Vibraphone
  • Woodblock
  • Xylophone


Program Notes

Symphonic Essay is a dramatic work featuring brass fanfares, tonal pyramids, and startling polyharmonies. The mysterious undertones of the piece are interwoven with moments of lyricism, counterpoint, and a multiplicity of timbres and creative settings which culminate in a spectacular coda.

- Program note from publisher


Symphonic Essay was commissioned by the Troy High School Band, Troy Mich. The work was premiered at that school on February 2, 2010, with Brian Nutting conducting.

- Program note from score


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media Links


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Troy High School (Mich.) Band (Brian Nutting, conductor) – 2 February 2010 *Premiere Performance*


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Barnes, J. (2012). Symphonic Essay: [op. 133] [score]. Alfred Music Pub.: [Van Nuys, Calif.].
  • Perusal Score