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Kevin Day

Kevin Day (arr. Josh Trentadue)


Subtitle: For 5-Part Adaptable Ensemble


General Info

Year: 2016 / 2020
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Piccolo I
  • Flute I-II
  • Oboe I
  • E-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I
  • B-flat Soprano Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet I
  • Violin I (optional)

Part 2

  • Piccolo II
  • Flute III-IV
  • Oboe II
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet II
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I
  • B-flat Trumpet II
  • Violin II (optional)

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet III
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone II
  • B-flat Trumpet III
  • Horn in F I
  • Violin III (optional)
  • Viola (optional)

Part 4

  • English Horn
  • Bassoon I
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Horn in F II
  • Trombone I
  • Euphonium I
  • Cello (optional)

Part 5

  • Bassoon II
  • Contrabassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • B-flat Bass Saxophone
  • Trombone II
  • Bass Trombone
  • Euphonium II
  • Tuba
  • String Bass (optional)
  • Bass Guitar

Additional instruments if available:

  • Piano
  • Harp
  • Keyboard Synthesizer

Timpani (optional)
Percussion (optional), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Cabasa
  • Claves
  • Conga
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Drum Set
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

When I was writing Dancing Fire, I wanted to write a piece for my high school band program and its directors for the great pieces we played, the fun times we had, and the excitement our bands created at our concerts. The picture I had in my head before I began writing was a group of people surrounding a large bonfire during the night. These people began dancing around the fire, having fun, singing songs, and ultimately, celebrating life.

Once I had that picture in my head, along with the constant repeating motif that eventually became the melody for the entire piece, the rest of the work fit together nicely, and in two weeks it was done. The composition brings this mental picture I had to life in a fun and energetic way with dance-like percussion and a constant groove, as well as its contagious melody, a mysterious soprano sax solo, and a climactic ending.

This was written in dedication to the Arlington High School Band Program in Arlington, TX and to my former band directors, Michael Hejny, Nathan Burum, and Nathan Hervey.

- Program Note by composer


With this in mind, I sought to arrange a version of Dancing Fire for adaptable ensemble that would preserve the fiery spirit and vigor contained within this ultimately joyful music, no matter what performance situation for its performance may be. The integrity of Kevin's original composition has been preserved as much as possible, with the passages deemed most important arranged into each of five parts. Meanwhile, the palette of colors and textures has been expanded to bring this piece into a new realm of opportunities and experimentation …

My sincerest thanks and appreciation go to Kevin for granting me permission to create thus new version of Dancing Fire for adaptable ensemble.

- Program Note by arranger


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Performances

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  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Higgins, conductor) - 27 April 2021
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Winds (F. Mack Wood, conductor) - 24 April 2021
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Symphony (Madison Argo, conductor) - 20 April 2021
  • Abilene (Tx.) Christian University Wind Ensemble (Steven Ward, conductor) - 9 April 2021
  • Miami (Ohio) University Wind Ensemble (Gary A. Speck, conductor) - 16 March 2021
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble (Timothy A. Paul, conductor) - 6 March 2021


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