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Fantasy on a Colonial Air

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Jim Curnow

James Curnow


General Info

Year: 1989 (pub. 1990)
Duration: c. 6:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Jenson Publications/dist. Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - Out Of Print   |   Score Only - Out Of Print


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet or Eb Contra Alto 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
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Snare Drum
  • Piccolo Snare Drum
  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal
    • Crash
    • Suspended
  • Triangles (3)
    • Large
    • Medium
    • Small
  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone
  • Vibraphone
  • Chimes


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Fantasy on a Colonial Air was commissioned by the Lassiter High School Symphony Band, Alfred J. Watkins conductor, from Marietta, GA. It was premiered by this group on December 15, 1989 at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic with the composer conducting. The basis of the work is the William Billing's tune Chester. The opening measures, in cut time, uses only the first phrase of the tune accompanied by various repeated rhythms. At m. 63 is the first full occureence of the tune, voiced in the clarinet, alto saxophone, horn, and euphonium. Variations of this melody include a version in a fast 3/4 meter as well as in a slow 4/4. The opening material returns to bring the work to a close.


Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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Additional Resources

Curnow, J. (1990). Fantasy on a colonial air [full score]. Jenson Publications: Milwaukee, WI.