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James Swearingen

James Swearingen

General Info

Year: 1984
Duration: c. 5:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score & Parts - $52.00   |   Score Only - $5.00


Full Score
Oboe I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
French Horn I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Claves
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Toms
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Xylophone


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Program Notes

Opening with a haunting chorale-like setting, the work surges into a fast contemporary section punctuated by sharp brass accents and exciting percussion lines. Lyrical woodwind passages precede a nice middle section which spotlights solos for flute and baritone. The finish is strong and vibrant.

Aventura was commissioned by and dedicated to the Clayton High School Concert Band, Clayton, Missouri, Carol Shannon, director and Michael Fournier, assistant director.

Commercial Discography

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  • Swearingen, J. (1983). Aventura [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.