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Counterbalance

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Todd Stalter

Todd Stalter


General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 3:55
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $58.00; (digital) - $58.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
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 (6 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

This clever and creative work is extremely exciting! Follow the music as it takes you through a world of musical opposites: long against short, soft against loud, high against low, smooth against angular. It all combines for a burst of pure energy.

- Program Note from publisher


This work explores musical opposites – long vs. short, soft vs. loud, high vs. low, smooth vs. angular. Beginning with a unison pitch, then branching out in opposite directions, melodies can't seem to decide whether to leap around or stay still, and wind and percussion rhythms are constantly in flux. The opening energy is balanced ("countered") by a soothing and contemplative middle section, and the piece finishes with a rousing ending, balancing out the work by recalling earlier melodies that compress themselves back into a single pitch.

Commissioned by the Germantown Hills (Ill.) Middle School Concert Band, Eric Loring, Director.

- Program Note from score


Media


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class D
  • Indiana: ISSMA JUNIOR BAND GROUP I
  • Mississippi: III-A
  • Tennessee: III
  • West Virginia: III


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