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Esprit de Corps (Jager)

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Robert Jager

Robert Jager


General Info

Year: 1984
Duration: c. 5:05
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Edward B. Marks Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Clarinet
Bb Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Bass
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Snare drum
  • Bass drum
  • Crash cymbals
  • Tam-tam
  • Tambourine
  • Chimes
  • Orchestra bells
  • Xylophone


Errata

  • 1st Oboe. 2 meas. before reh. P, beat 1: add "mf" (to match 1st Flute)
  • 2nd Oboe. meas. 4, beat 4&: A should read B-flat
  • 1st E-flat Alto Saxophone. fix page turn at the bottom of page 3 (copy the first system from page 4 and tape it to the bottom of page 3).
  • 2nd E-flat Alto Saxophone. 2nd to last measure, beat 2: hairpin decrescendo should read hairpin crescendo.
  • 2nd B-flat Trumpet (Cornet). meas. 4, beat 4: add eighth rest before the 16th notes.
  • 2nd Horn in F. 5 meas. after reh. P, beat 1: add half rest.
  • 3rd Horn in F. reh. A, beat 3: G-flat should read G natural.
  • 3rd Horn in F. 5 meas. after reh. E, beat 1: add half rest.
  • 2nd Trombone. 4 meas. after reh. K, beat 3: add "3" under eighth note beam to clarify the triplet figure.
  • Baritone, Bass Clef. 2 meas. before reh. R, beat 1: E-flat s/r F ; Score also [This correction is subject to the conductor’s opinion]
  • Percussion III. meas. 1: add "4/4" meter signature to all three staves
  • Percussion III. 4 meas. before reh. D, beat 3: play on chimes, not xylophone as indicated (change the label on that system)
  • Full score. 2 meas. before reh. P, beat 1: add "mf" to 1st Flute and 1st Oboe.


Program Notes

Based on The Marines' Hymn, this work is a kind of fantasy-march, as well as a tribute to the United States Marine Band, which group had commissioned the work. Full of energy and drama, the composition has its solemn moments and its lighter moments (for example, the quasi-waltz in the middle of the piece). The composer intends that this work should display the fervor and virtuosity of the Marine Band and the musical spirit and integrity of its conductor, Colonel John R. Bourgeois, for whom the initial tempo marking, "Tempo di Bourgeois," is named. Colonel John Bourgeois is a dramatic, spirited conductor who reflects the excitement of the music being played. When a tempo is supposed to be "bright" he makes sure it is exactly that. Because the tempo of Esprit de Corps is to be very bright, the marking just had to be "Tempo di Bourgeois!"

- Program note from Windband.org


Commercial Discography


Audio Links

Sample: United States Marine Band (John R. Bourgeois, conductor)


State Ratings

  • Arkansas: IV
  • Georgia: VI
  • Iowa: V
  • Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP I
  • Louisiana: IV
  • North Carolina: VI
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Virginia: V


Performances

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  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (Matthew O. Smith, conductor) – 2 March 2020
  • University of Texas (Austin) Tower Concert Band (Cheldon Williams, conductor) – 1 March 2020
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Wind Symphony (David Kehler, conductor) – 19 January 2020
  • Franklin High School (Elk Grove, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Matt Mackey, conductor) - 4 December 2019
  • State College Area (Penn.) Municipal Band (Darrin Thornton, conductor) – 10 November 2019
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Wind Symphony (David Kehler, conductor) – 13 October 2019
  • Concordia University (River Forest, Ill.) University Band (Richard R. Fischer, conductor) – 8 November 2019
  • Santa Fe Wind Ensemble (Gainesville, Fla.) (Steve Bingham, conductor) – 3 October 2019
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Concert Band (Luslaida Barbosa, conductor) – 2 October 2019
  • University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Summer Band (Barry Houser, conductor) - 27 June 2019
  • United States Military Academy (West Point, N.Y.) Band (Tod Addison, conductor) – 15 June 2019
  • Casco Bay Wind Symphony (Portland, Me.) (Peter Martin, conductor) – 8 June 2019
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 19 May 2019 (Iwakuni, Japan)
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Concert Band (Ray Stewart, conductor) – 18 April 2019
  • Charlottesville (Va.) Municipal Band (Gary Fagan, conductor) – 14 April 2019
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Symphony Band (Stuart Ivey, conductor) – 30 November 2018
  • Arkansas State University (Jonesboro) Symphonic Winds (Sarah Labovitz, conductor) – 8 November 2018
  • University of North Dakota (Grand Forks) Wind Ensemble (James Popejoy, conductor) – 9 October 2018
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Wind Ensemble (William Petersen, conductor) – 27 September 2018
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Symphony Band (George Boulden, conductor) - 16 September 2018


Works for Winds by this Composer


References