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Adagietto

From Wind Repertory Project
Steve Danyewe

Steve Danyew


General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 5:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Steve Danyew
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $99.99; (digital) $99.99   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II-III-IV
Oboe
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass 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-IV
Euphonium
Tuba I-II
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The music for Adagietto is based on an original chorale tune I wrote in 2013. During that year, I attended a performance of Grainger’s Irish Tune from County Derry and was reminded of the profound impact the work had on me when I first performed it in high school. Since that time, it has always been one of my favorite pieces for band. I thought back to my chorale tune and realized that the music could work well for band and I started to see a number of similarities between my tune and Grainger’s work.

The complete chorale tune in Adagietto is 31 bars (Irish Tune’s is 32), so I decided to model the form of Adagietto after the structure of Irish Tune. The brass and low woodwinds begin the work with a statement of the theme. Then, the upper woodwinds present the first half of the theme, which leads to the climax. At this point, the form departs from the Grainger somewhat, with the inclusion of an additional section and a plagal cadence at the end of the work. Like Irish Tune, the sound is rich and full, with simple melodies that soar above lush textures.

In a way, I suppose Adagietto is a tribute to Grainger and Irish Tune, and a tribute to a piece of music that has had an immeasurable influence on me as a musician.

- Program Note by composer


Commercial Discography

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Media


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Symphonic Band (Eric M. Smedley, conductor) – 1 October 2019


Works for Winds by this Composer


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