Ancient Voices

From Wind Repertory Project
Michael Sweeney

Michael Sweeney


General Info

Year: 1994
Duration: c. 3:40
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone /Euphonium/Bassoon
Tuba
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Shaker
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom tom (low or medium)
  • Triangle
  • Wind Chimes

Players humming and tapping pencils on stands


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Rarely does any single publication have such an effect on band literature as this unique and striking composition from 1994. Individually, the parts are relatively simple. Yet the combined effect is sophisticated and impressive far beyond its easy level. Michael uses a wealth of contemporary devices (including tone clusters, recorders, singing, pencil tapping) to create an aura of prehistoric times.

- Program Note from publisher


Media


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class D
  • Georgia: II
  • Indiana: ISSMA JUNIOR BAND GROUP III
  • Louisiana: I
  • Maryland: II
  • Michigan: Junior High C
  • North Carolina: II
  • South Carolina: II
  • Tennessee: II
  • Virginia: III
  • West Virginia: I


Performances

To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project


Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music


All Wind Works


Resources

  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 107-113.
  • Sweeney, M. (1994). Ancient Voices [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.