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Curtain Raiser

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Peter Boyer

Peter Boyer

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General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Propulsive Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Rental   |   Score Only (print) - $90.00


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

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Having been focused primarily on orchestral music in my composing career to date, and having been rather unfamiliar with repertoire for concert band or wind ensemble, I hesitated before accepting the commission offer from Brian Cardany to compose a work for the 180th anniversary of The American Band of Providence. Among the reasons I chose to accept the challenge of composing my first work in this genre were that I am a native of Providence, and one of the former directors of The American Band was the late Francis Marciniak, who was my undergraduate music theory teacher during my first two years at Rhode Island College. These connections to the years in which I first set off on a musical path were part of my motivation to try my hand at a new genre.

The commission request was for music which would be appropriate to celebrate the 180th anniversary of The American Band, founded in 1837. In considering that request, and seeking to compose a piece which could serve as a festive concert opener for this and many other celebratory occasions, I settled upon the title of Curtain Raiser, which seems to suggest the character of this music.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Dallas (Tx.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 14 January 2020
  • The American Band (Kingston, R.I.) (Brian Cardany, conductor) – 8 June 2019
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Wind Ensemble (Jason Rinehart, conductor) – 16 April 2019
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Symphonic Band (Randall O. Coleman, conductor) – 26 February 2019
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Ensemble (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 4 November 2018
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor) – 27 September 2018
  • Kansas State University (Manhattan) Wind Ensemble (Frank Tracz, conductor) - 25 April 2018
  • American Band of Providence (R.I.) (Brian Cardany, conductor) – 5 November 2017 *Premiere Performance*

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