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Anthem (Bryant)

From Wind Repertory Project
Steven Bryant

Steven Bryant


General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 8:40
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Gorilla Salad Productions
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental ($300)   |   Score Only - $60.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo (doubles Flute I
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bb Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpets (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium I-II (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Written at the request of Jay Gephart to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Purdue Bands, Anthem opens as a bright, twittering machine made of flutes, vibraphone, piano, and glockenspiel, gradually transforming into a full tutti rock anthem. A variety of musical textures and colors throughout the composition make the concert listening experience especially engaging and enjoyable. The audience is taken on a musical ride from start to finish, starting with a unique, distant flute chatter and then progressively building to the full-powered, pulse-driven percussion. A continuous undercurrent of simple to complex rhythm drives each melody forward as the music develops.

Mr. Bryant thinks of this piece as a cousin to his other work, Radiant Joy, except veering toward “rock” instead of “jazz” in style. The composer hopes to create waves of euphoric bliss rolling off of the stage by the end of the composition.

- Program note by The Woodlands High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 21 December 2012


Commercial Discography


Audio Links


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • World Adult Wind Orchestra Project (WAYOP) (Schladming, Austria) (Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, conductor) – 14 July 2018
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (David T. Kehler, conductor) – 13 February 2018
  • The Woodlands High School Wind Ensemble (Joni Perez, conductor) - 21 December 2012 (2012 Midwest Clinic)


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Franzblau, Robert H. "Anthem." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 469-482. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.