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Fantasy in Earth Tones

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James Mobberley

James Mobberley

Subtitle: For Band (Grade 3/4) and Fixed Media

General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 6:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Cautious Music
Cost: Score and Parts - unknown


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Cowbell
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbals (3)
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Toms (5)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone

Stereo Electronic Tape


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Program Notes

Fantasy in Earth Tones takes its name from Earth Tones, a piece for fixed media written by the composer in 1978 on the Moog Mark IV and the Arp 2600 synthesizers. The sounds of the times were dominated by the warm pulsing of square wave pads and glissing lead lines. Groups like Emerson, Lake & Palmer and the Moody Blues fixed these sounds firmly in my ears when I was a high school student. So when Jay Gilbert and his 26 colleagues asked me to write a piece combining fixed media with high school band, my mind and my ears went immediately to those days, and those sounds. The opening runs in the synth and the last 30 seconds of the piece borrow from Earth Tones, but the remainder of the piece is pure fantasy.

I am delighted to have been asked to write this piece for them, and to bring a little of my own youthful musical experiences to the ears of the talented young players of a new decade.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Mobberley, J. (2012). Fantasy in Earth Tones : For Band (Grade 3/4) and Fixed Media [score]. [Cautious Music] : [Liberty, Mo.]
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