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Arcana

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Kevin Houben

Kevin Houben


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General Info

Year: 2004
Duration: c. 9:40
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: de haske
Cost: Score and Parts - €150.00   |   Score Only - €25.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail needed)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Arcana is the plural of the Latin word “arcanum”, meaning secret. In the title, it is used in the sense of unraveling the rich past of the Royal Fanfare Sint-Jozefsgilde Mol-Sluis (Belgium) for its 110th anniversary and opening up perspectives for its future.

During the misterioso beginning of the work, a historic atmosphere is created to reflect the founding of the society. Then follows a bustling middle part, which provides a challenge for each musician because of the difficult rhythms and combined play. After this energetic passage, a very melodious part follows that makes people overlook earlier problems, and that offers new possibilities by means of the musical reflection of a consequent youth policy, which determines the future of each society. Finally, there is a broad build-up to the festive finale, once more symbolizing the strength and energy of youth.

- Program Note by Jeff Girard, Midwest Sheet Music


Awards


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Kevin Houben website
  • Robinson, David. "Arcana." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 489-498. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.