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Jacob de Haan

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Subtitle: Bad Orb Impressions

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: De Haske
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
Full Score
C Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Eb Cornet
Bb Flugel Horn I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Bb Baritone I-II
Euphonium I-II (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Eb Bass
Bb Bass
Mallet Percussion
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Composed for a European youth wind band festival in the town of Bad Orb, in Hesse, Germany, this work begins in a festive, march-like meter marked “Allegro marziale,” This is a unique piece, with specific placement of antiphonal parts of the ensemble. At the mid-point of the work, two instrumental groups move from the stage to the back or side of the performance venue, each in different locations. On cue, a saxophone ensemble performs a waltz, followed by a mixed group of brass, flute, and piccolo performing a march in meter. Near the end, the seated ensemble plays the themes of both antiphonal ensembles as they march or walk toward the stage.

The composer’s inspiration for this unusual staging was derived from the sounds of bands marching through the old city and echoing up through the valley. This work is best suited for high school ensembles and beyond.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist, Jan. 2014, p. 30.

The inspiration for this three-part work goes back to the International European Youth Wind Music Festival, of which the patron has been Jacob de Haan several times. It begins in a festive march tempo, then sacred music, instrumental groups playing off stage and a little march for brass and flutes. The third movement is a parade in which the various sections of the ensemble head towards the stage from different directions. Even without the effective choreography of the musicians, Call of the Valley is an impressive concert band composition.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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