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Bravura (arr. Thurston)

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Charles E. Duble

Charles E. Duble (arr. Richard E. Thurston)


Subtitle: March for Symphonic Band


General Info

Year: 1918 / 1996
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Keiser Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $105.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-II (3 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Although the introduction and first strain of this march are in a minor key, it still has a solid, bravura sound that is meant for marching, not just listening. Being a trombonist, Duble made sure that the lower brass had their share of interesting soli sections, an example being the last four bars before the repeat to the beginning -- interestingly, he wanted the introduction played twice. The upper woodwinds have their fun at the trio. Although Bravura March was written for circus use, the rodeo bands, the parade bands, and the football bands also use this march with great frequency.

- Program Notes from Program Notes for Band


Bravura is the most famous of Charles Edward Duble’s thirty-one marches. As the title announces, it declares the show of daring, exceptional ability, and technical skill that is displayed by circus performers and musicians. Written in 1918 while Duble was playing trombone with the Sells-Floto Circus, it is a much enjoyed circus “screamer” that was suitable for the opening parade of performers, a wild animal act, or for aerialists swinging under the great white tents. Listen for the important passages that he wrote for the brass section.

- Program Note from Illinois State University Symphony Band concert program, 13 November 2015


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