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Firecracker

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Peter Sciaino

Peter Sciaino


General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 3:05
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $59.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Cannon Shot
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Ratchet
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Tanggu (Toms)
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Drawing inspiration from the Lunar New Year Firecracker Ceremony in New York City’s Chinatown, “Firecracker” is an exhilarating celebration at a sizzling tempo. Images of crackling explosives, dazzling colors, and joyful dance fuel this annual event that honors Chinese culture. A contagious drumbeat played on traditional drums by musicians traveling from business to business wishes good fortune and prosperity in the coming year. This is emulated in this selection with flexible numbers of percussionists who can all join in on the fun.

- Program Note from publisher


I have thoroughly enjoyed serving as the advisor of the Asian American Cultural Club at Whippany (N.J.)Park High School for many years. In this role I have witnessed students, passionate about their heritage, share cultural experiences (and food!) with members of the broader school community. On a field trip one year, we attended the Lunar New Year Firecracker Ceremony in NYC’s Chinatown. The crackling explosives coupled with great music and dance, inspired this piece. The repeated drum beat found here was played by musicians on tanggu drums as they traveled from business to business wishing good fortune and prosperity in the new year.

- Program Note by composer


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