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Congolese

From Wind Repertory Project
William Owens

William Owens


General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00; (digital) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


Instrumentation

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

  • Bar Chimes
  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Maracas
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibra-slap


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The title of this creative work refers to the Congo rain forest of Africa, a place with more than 60 tree species and 10,000 animal species. The music places the listener at the center of a vast and foreboding land filled with mystery, intrigue, and danger; the piece begins briskly yet in a somber mood with soft melodic material in the clarinet accompanied by low brass and winds. The mood gradually changes as additional instruments are added to depict a wild flurry of animal activity at its peak. A full band section follows and builds in intensity before moving to a slow and tranquil contrasting passage, representing the nighttime scenario as the fore3st becomes mysteriously calm. The brisk tempo returns at daylight to convey a lively mood, introducing a bold and energetic final section that brings the musical safari to a dramatic conclusion.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist


Embark on a beautiful and mysterious musical safari through the Congo jungle in this riveting sonic travelog. The lively and rhythmic allegro sections bring the exotic culture to life, balanced by a haunting andante section that hints at the hidden secrets of the deep jungles. A wide spectrum of sounds and rhythms will be enjoyed by all the explorers on this engaging excursion.

- Program Note by publisher


Commercial Discography

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