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À la Machaut

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Andrew Boss

Andrew Boss


General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 6:20
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $195.00; (digital) - $157.25   |   Score Only (print) - $50.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo (alternate with flute)
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos (2)
  • Chimes
  • Conga (2)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal, medium and large
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Tom (4)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Guillaume de Machaut (c. 1300 – April 1377) was a medieval French poet and composer. According to Daniel Leech-Wilkinson, Machaut was "the last great poet who was also a composer". Well into the 15th century, Machaut's poetry was greatly admired and imitated by other poets, including Geoffrey Chaucer.

À La Machaut integrates thematic material from three works of the great Medieval composer Guillaume de Machaut and adds a colorfully modern touch. The piece opens with a slow introduction using melodic and harmonic material from his polyphonic chanson Puis qu’en oubli (Since I am forgotten). The upbeat percussion transitions the piece to the main material, quoting the melody of his secular virelai [form of medieval French verse], Douce jame jolie ("Sweet lovely lady"). This piece also uses material from the Kyrie to Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame. A reflective middle section brings back the slow material from the introduction while maintaining the upbeat rhythms introduced earlier in the percussion. A short recapitulation revisits the virelai in several contrasting textures, leading to a climactic variation with shimmering winds, blasting percussion and low brass. A final tutti variation harmonizes the virelai and closes the piece.

This piece contains strong pedagogical undertones; aside from introducing high-quality music from [nowadays] lesser-known composers to younger players, it allows numerous opportunities for brief discussions about aspects of Medieval music.

- Program Note by publisher


À La Machaut was commissioned by and dedicated to Joseph Kreines.

- Program Note from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Wind Symphony concert program, 14 December 2016


Commercial Discography

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Media


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Symphony Band (Phillip A. Ostrander, conductor) – 22 November 2019
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Symphonic Band (Brett Penshorn, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • Virginia Tech (Blacksburg) Wind Ensemble (Derek Shapiro, conductor) – 13 October 2019
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Symphony Band (Michael E. Hancock, conductor) – 7 October 2019
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Symphonic Band (Kirk Saville, conductor) - 17 April 2019
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) Symphonic Winds (Ryan Scherber, conductor) – 14 April 2019
  • University of Texas (Austin) Symphony Band (Jonathan Vilella, conductor) – 10 April 2019
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (David T. Kehler, conductor) – 7 February 2019
  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Symphonic Band (Douglas Henderson, conductor) – 27 November 2018
  • Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.) Band (Peter Haberman, conductor) – 11 November 2018
  • North Dakota State University (Fargo) Wind Symphony (Warren Olfert, conductor) – 14 October 2018
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (Matthew O. Smith, conductor) – 8 October 2018
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Symphonic Band (Randall O. Coleman, conductor)- 8 October 2018
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Symphonic Band (Logan Sorey, conductor) – 4 October 2018
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Isaiah Odajima, conductor) – 21 March 2018 (CBDNA 2018 Southwestern Conference, Houston, Texas)
  • University of Memphis (Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (Albert Nguyen, conductor) – 1 March 2018
  • The Florida State University (Tallahassee) Symphonic Band (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) – 24 February 2018 (CBDNA 2018 Southern Conference, Tampa, Fla.)
  • University of Colorado Boulder Symphonic Band (Matthew Roeder, conductor) – 23 February 2018
  • Texas All-State Concert Band (Gary Green, conductor) - 17 February 2018 (2018 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) Concert Band (Matthew McInturf, conductor) - 17 February 2018 (2018 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Symphonic Band (Todd Fessler, conductor) – 15 February 2018
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Shawn Vondran, conductor) – 11 February 2018


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