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Abracadabra

From Wind Repertory Project
Frank Ticheli

Frank Ticheli


General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $125.00   |   Score Only - $20.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal (suspended)
  • Snare Drum
  • Slapstick
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibra-slap
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Abracadabra was composed in the summer of 2004, and was orchestrated the following November during a residency at the MacDowell Colony. Abracadabra was commissioned by the Driscoll Middle School Band in San Antonio Texas under the direction of Richard Gonzales.

The piece is dedicated to my son, and is at once playful and serious, innocent, and mischievous. A sense of mystery pervades as the dark key of G minor is balanced by sudden shifts to bright and sunny major keys. Throughout the composition I was thinking about magic, not in an evil or frightening sense, but as a source of fun and fantasy. My wonderfully playful, sometimes mischievous young son was always in the back of mind, as were images of Halloween with its costumes and jack-o’-lanterns. As the piece nears its conclusion, the music rushes toward what seems to be an explosive finish. But the woodwinds interrupt, fanning out to a questioning whole-tone cluster. They are answered by a puff of sound, a final disappearing act.

In strictly musical terms, the piece is as clear an example of musical economy as anything I’ve composed. Almost everything is derived from the opening bars of the main theme. Indeed, virtually every note can be traced to the main melody or its accompaniment. Because of this heightened sense of unity, I had to choose other ways to achieve musical variety. The most important solution was through the sudden and frequent shifts of mood, mode, and tonality.

- Program note by composer


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Concert Band (Lauren Wood, conductor) – 23 April 2019
  • Randolph (N.J.) High School Concert Band (Michael Lichtenfeld, conductor) – 6 March 2019
  • Genesee Wind Ensemble (Oakfield, Mich.) (Philip J. Briatico, conductor) - 18 November 2018
  • Charlottetown Rural High School (Prince Edward Island, Canada) Grade 11-12 Concert Band (Mark Parsons, conductor) - May 2018
  • Illinois State University (Normal) University Band (Zachary A. Taylor, conductor) – 26 April 2018
  • Yosemite High School (Oakhurst, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Francisco Marquez, conductor) -16 March 2018 (2018 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.) Band (Daniel Melby, conductor) – 12 November 2017
  • Augustana University (Sioux Falls, S.D.) Blue Band (Larry Peterson, conductor) – 11 November 2017
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) University Band (James Batcheller, conductor) – 27 April 2017
  • Edison High School (Fresno, Calif.) Symphonic Band (Robert Madrid, conductor) - 25 March 2017 (2017 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • University of Louisville Concert Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 21 February 2016
  • Illinois State University (Normal) University Band (Johannes Krohn, conductor) – 6 October 2016
  • Glenn Westlake Middle School (Lombard, Ill.) (Nicholas Martin, conductor) – 28 April 2016
  • Los Alamos (N.M.) Community Winds Band Festival Honor Band (Frank Ticheli, conductor) – 19 March 2016
  • Madera (Calif.) South High School Wind Ensemble (Jay Rosette, conductor) - 11 March 2016 (2016 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Grand Street Concert Band (Brooklyn N.Y.) (Brian Worsdale, conductor) – 1 November 2015
  • Austin Peay State University Symphonic Band (John Schnettler, conductor) - 6 March 2014
  • Bartlesville Mid-High 9th and 10th Grade Band - Spring 2013
  • California State University Long Beach Concert Band (Lisa Castleman, conductor) - December 2011

Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2007. Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6 Volume 6. Chicago: GIA, pp. 158-166.
  • Ticheli, F. (2005). Abracadabra: For Concert Band [score]. Manhattan Beach Music: Brooklyn.