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Cliffhanger March

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Michael Schelle

Michael Schelle

General Info

Year: 1984
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: MMB Music
Cost: Score and Parts - On Request   |   Score Only - $34.95


Full Score
Flute I -II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion breakdown needed)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Cliffhanger March: A Musical Spoof Of Marching Band Music is the final movement of an extended work commisssioned in 1982 by the famous American bandmaster, Clifford Hite. The march itself is comprised of three sections that evolve from the opening seven-bar march phrase. A "tongue-in-cheek" parody of traditional marches, the work presents a humourous, distorted capsule view of many traditional "marchisms" as the material(s) progress towards a rousing, yet deflating finale...but not before the piece acknowledges two extremely influential band works (?) in an effort to assimilate and convert the otherwise astringent and crepuscular motion from one theatrical gesture to the next. The work contains no serial applications, no Shenkarian techniques, nor process immorality, but is high in sugar and caffeine.

Program Note by Michael Schelle


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State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • St. Olaf College Band (Timothy J. Mahr, conductor) - October 9, 2004.
  • Millikin University (Gary Shaw, conductor) - November 24, 2002.
  • Portage High School (Troy Webdell, conductor) February 3, 2000.

Works for Winds by This Composer


None discovered thus far.