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December Snow

From Wind Repertory Project
Frank Ticheli

Frank Ticheli


General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: I (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $16.50


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute/Oboe
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F
Trombone/Euphonium/Bassoon
Tuba
Electric Bass Guitar (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

December Snow was inspired by memories of one of nature's simple wonders. While it has been decades since I live in a northern climate, I still remember the pure joy of those magical early-winter snow flurries, a joy I endeavored to capture n this piece.

Specific events are suggested by the music, and indicated verbally in the score: “first snowflakes...snow picking up...out for a sleigh ride...returning home for hot chocolate.” Bright percussion colors of triangle, sleigh bells, and glockenspiel combine with gently floating melodic lines to give the piece its wintry feeling; but it all ends warmly with a simple canon and gentle reminder of the opening theme.

- Program Note by composer


December Snow showcases Frank Ticheli's brilliantly optimistic composition. Inspired by one of nature’s simple wonders, the work captures the magic of early winter snow flurries with its clear depiction of “first snowflakes...snow picking up...out for a sleigh ride...returning home for hot chocolate.” Bright percussion colors combine with gently floating melodic lines to give the piece its wintry feeling; but it all ends warmly with a simple canon and gentle reminder of the opening theme.

- Program Note from the William Mason High School Wind Symphony concert program, 15 December 2016


Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Ticheli, F. (2015). December Snow [score]. Manhattan Beach Music: Brooklyn, N.Y.