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To Build a Fire

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Mark Camphouse

Mark Camphouse


General Info

Year: 1991
Duration: c. 17:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: TRN Music Publisher, Inc
Cost: Score and Parts - $100.00   |   Score Only - $12.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II (doubles Alto Flute)
Oboe I-II (doubles English Horn)
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone (doubles Soprano Saxophone)
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani (6)
Piano/Harp
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Bell Tree
  • Bongos
  • Crotales
  • Cymbal (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-tam)
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum
  • Tom-Toms
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

To Build a Fire was sketched, composed and orchestrated during an eight month period: June 1990 - January 1991. Commissioned by The United States Army Band and dedicated to Conductor Emeritus Colonel Eugene W. Allen, To Build a Fire is a freely composed 17 minute quasi-tone poem -- a general impression of the Jack London short story. Since first reading the story as a high school student, Camphouse always wanted to create a musical setting of this stark, powerful and enduring American literary classic. To Build a Fire was premiered at the Kennedy Center on March 4, 1991, by The United States Army Band under the direction of Colonel Bryan Shelbourne. To Build a Fire was selected as the winning composition of the 1991 Fifteenth Annual National Band Association Composition Contest.


Program Note by Mark Camphouse


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