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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
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
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 by 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


Commercial Discography


Audio Links


State Ratings

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


Performances

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  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Concert Band (Arianna Guntvedt, conductor) – 11 March 2020
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Chris Kaatz, conductor) – 16 April 2019
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) University Band (Rebecca Cichy, conductor) – 26 March 2019
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) North Star Band (J. Nick Smith, conductor) – 24 October 2018
  • Northwestern Michigan College (Traverse City) Concert Band (John Campbell, conductor) – 27 April 2018
  • Louis Pizitz Middle School (Vestavia Hills, Ala.) Symphonic Band (Kim Bain, conductor) – 22 February 2018 (CBDNA 2018 Southern Conference, Tampa, Fla.)
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor) – 1 March 2017
  • University of Texas, Arlington, Symphonic Band (Christopher Evans, conductor) – 23 February 2017
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Hindsley Symphonic Band (Stephen G. Peterson, conductor) – 26 October 2016
  • Bullard High School (Fresno, Calif.) Concert Band (Bradly J. Feyma, conductor) – 11 March 2016 (2016 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Austin (Texas) Symphonic Band (Richard Floyd, conductor) – 29 September 2014
  • Eastman - Rochester New Horizons 23rd Spring Concert (Bruce Burritt and Alan Woy, conductors) – 2014


Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


All Wind Works


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.
  • Sheldon, R. (2009). Choreography: Opus 126 [score]. Alfred Publishing: Van Nuys, Calif.