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Choreography

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Robert Sheldon

Robert Sheldon


This work bears the designation Opus 126.


General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $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
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Choreography was commissioned by the 2008 ATSSB All-State Band by the Association of Texas Small School Bands. Written in overture form, the piece draws its inspiration from dance movements found in contemporary stage, ballet and theatrical productions. The piece opens with fast-paced angular gestures accompanied by rapid rhythmical punctuations before yielding to a contrasting lyrical section with long, flowing lines and many opportunities for expressive playing. The infectious beat patterns and memorable melodic content combine to make this an excellent concert opener.

- Program Note from publisher


I was conducting the ATSSB All-State Band and was asked to write a piece for them. The other pieces I selected just happened to be dance-related, so I decided to pull it all together with a piece called Choreography. Then the ideas began to develop of dancing wind instruments, swirling around and being punctuated by percussion.

- Program Note by composer


Media


State Ratings

  • Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP I
  • Louisiana: III
  • Maryland: IV
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Texas: III. Complete


Performances

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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music


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Resources

  • Herb, Thomas. "Choreography." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 511-517. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.
  • Robert Sheldon website Accessed 3 September 2021
  • Sheldon, R. (2009). Choreography: Opus 126 [score]. Alfred Publishing: Van Nuys, Calif.