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AMEN!

From Wind Repertory Project
Carlos Simon

Carlos Simon


The title of this is intentionally written in all capital letters: AMEN!


General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 12:40
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carlos Simon
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $525.00   |   Score Only (print) - $50.00


Movements (played without pause)

1. Lively - 4:40
2. Soulfully - 3:45
3. Mysteriously - 4:31


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contra-Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
C Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba
String Bass (two preferred)
Piano
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Marimba
  • Piatti
  • Shakers
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Whip, large
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

AMEN! (2017) was commissioned by the University of Michigan Symphony Band and is a homage to my family's four-generational affiliation with the Pentecostal church. My intent is to re-create the musical experience of an African American Pentecostal church service that I enjoyed being a part of while growing up in this denomination. Pentecostal denominations, such as: Church of God in Christ (C.O.G.IC.), Pentecostal Assemblies of God, Apostolic, Holiness Church, among many others, are known for their exuberant outward expressions of worship. The worship services in these churches will often have joyous dancing, spontaneous shouting, and soulful singing. The music in these worship services is a vital vehicle in fostering a genuine spiritual experience for the congregation.

The three movements in AMEN! are performed without break to depict how the different parts of a worship services flows into the next. In the first movement, I’ve imagined the sound of an exuberant choir and congregation singing harmoniously together in a call-and-response fashion. The soulful second movement quotes a gospel song, I'll Take Jesus For Mine, that I frequently heard in many services. The title, AMEN!, refers to the plagal cadence or “Amen" cadence (IV-I), which is the focal point of the climax in the final movement. Along with heavily syncopated rhythms and interjecting contrapuntal lines, this cadence modulates up by half step until we reach a frenzied state, emulating a spiritually heighten state of worship.

- Program Note by composer


AMEN! was commissioned by the University of Michigan Symphony Band to celebrate the university’s bicentennial, with support from the H. Robert Reynolds Commissioning Fund.

- Program Note from University of Michigan Symphony Band concert program, 21 November 2017


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Wind Symphony (Patricia Cornett, conductor) – 26 April 2019
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Wind Symphony (John R. Stewart, conductor) – 9 March 2019
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Rodney Dorsey, conductor) – 5 February 2019
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor) – 18 January 2019
  • University of Miami (Coral Gables) Frost Wind Ensemble (Robert Carnochan, conductor) – 30 November 2018
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Wind Ensemble (Emily Threinen, conductor) – 26 October 2018
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Wind Ensemble (Paula Holcomb, conductor) – 6 October 2018
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Crane Wind Ensemble (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 21 September 2018
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Symphony (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 5 April 2018
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band (Michael Haithcock, conductor) – 21 November 2017 *Premiere Performance*


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