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Electric Breakdance (flex)

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Benjamin D. Taylor

Benjamin Dean Taylor


General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 1:35
Difficulty: I-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Benjamin Taylor Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00; (digital) - $65.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 2

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Horn in F
  • Violin
  • Viola

Part 3

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Cello

Part 4

  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Tuba

Timpani (optional)
Percussion I-II-III (optional), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Hi-Hat
  • Snare Drum
  • Xylophone

Electronic audio track


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

What would the music sound like in a dance club on an alien planet? This piece is inspired by that question after I saw an awesome image my friend created of an alien sitting in a giant robotic mech with long legs. The alien looks smug and relaxed -- ready to cut some serious dance moves with the flick of his finger on the mech controls!

- Program Note from score


Electric Breakdance is part of a larger suite of six works titled Blue Dot Collection.

The idea for this suite of pieces came from discussions with many of my instrumental music educator colleagues regarding the noticeable lack of compound duple and triple meter works for young band and orchestra. We all agreed that teaching compound meter was not really more challenging than simple meter, but few works exist to apply the skills learned. I find pride in the number of pieces I have commissioned for young band and my good friend Benjamin Taylor seems up for most of my wild composition ideas. I approached him with the idea that the members of Blue Dot Collective could each write a new work in a variety of compound meters; 3/8, 6/8, 9/8, and 12/8, and score them for young band as well as string orchestra. What came from this idea was six wonderfully creative works for young band and string orchestra now known as the Blue Dot Collection. The six works range in difficulty from grade .5 to grade 2. Each work fits the limits of range, length, and rhythmic complexity typically found in simple meter works of the same difficulty level. My students have enjoyed the challenge that each piece presents, but also find them to be creative twists on the young band composition model. I know your students will enjoy them as much as mine and you will find a new passion for young band and orchestra literature.

- Program Note by Samuel Fritz, band director at Center Grove Middle School Central, Greenwood, Indiana.


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