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Aria and Allegro

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Gregory Pascuzzi

Gregory Pascuzzi


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General Info

Year: 1989
Duration: c. 9:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bandleader Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - £55.00


Movements

1. Aria
2. Allegro


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Program Notes

Greg Pascuzzi conceived Aria and Allegro while listening to a performance by the renowned saxophonist Ron Caravan of Syracuse University. A member of the United States Army Field Band at the time, Pascuzzi composed the work for his colleague and friend, Ted Griepentrog. He originally scored the work for soprano saxophone and piano, but later orchestrated it for soprano saxophone and band. It was featured in performance at the 1992 Navy Saxophone Symposium.

Although of differing moods, the two movements share common characteristics. Primary among these is the manner in which Pascuzzi has written thematic presentations: each theme is foreshadowed by other instruments in the band before being performed by the solo soprano saxophone. Aria begins with a lyric entrance by the soloist, followed by gently terraced entrances in the upper woodwinds. As the work progresses, supporting instruments continue these terraced entrances. The cadenza, accompanied by vibraphone, leads into Allegro, in which the brass suddenly become more prominent, especially in highlighting rhythmic displacements and off-beat accents. The multiple hemiolas of the coda create a dramatic conclusion

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music and liner notes for Army Field Band CD Legacy, 2009.


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Performances

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  • St. Olaf College Band (Northfield, Minn.) (Timothy Mahr, conductor; Derek Smith, soprano saxophone) – 23 January 2016


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