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American Rhapsody , An

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Mark E. Wolfram

Mark Wolfram

General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 10:40
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Sound Studio Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $115.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Mallets (Perc. I), including:

  • Glockenspiel
  • Tubular Chimes
  • Vibraphone

Percussion II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Piatti
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Woodblock


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

An American Rhapsody (for Concert Band) by Mark Wolfram is an original composition featuring strong, memorable melodies, fresh and unexpected harmonic twists, as well as stylistic, tonal and rhythmic variations. While not a particularly "patriotic" sounding work, it is totally American in content and character.

After a rubato dialogue by a solo flute and clarinet, several more solo instruments as well as section brass enter as the texture fills out. A gradual tempo increase leads to a quick pace as a punctuated underpinning supports a floating woodwind theme. The tempo slows through a choral-like transition to a cakewalk feel. That section is followed by a smooth, melodic theme -- first in subdued trumpets and then reprised by the full band. Following an interesting counterpoint by the woodwinds, several solo passages follow as the work transitions through a harmonic kaleidoscope -- and then finishes with a strong, well-developed fanfare, starting with brass and percussion and then adding the entire ensemble.

An American Rhapsody highlights several solo performers as well as syncopated rhythms, varied articulations, sweeping melodies and contrasting dynamics.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

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