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Fires of Mazama

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Michael Sweeney

Michael Sweeney


General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: I (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $45.00; (digital) - $45.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Low Brass & Woodwinds
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Brake Drum
  • Gong
  • Rainstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Wind Chimes


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Opening with bold sounds and powerful melodies, this work depicts the eruption of the volcano Mazama. The imposing mountain peak erupted more than 7000 years ago in what is now southwestern Oregon and became the serene present-day Crater Lake. The intensity builds as the volcano prepares to blow its top. An easy six-bar aleatoric section represents the settling dust. A calm chorale then leads to the exciting final strains in this impressive piece.

- Program Note from publisher


Commissioned for the 20th Annual Huron Area (MI) Junior High Honors Band.

- Program Note from score


Media


State Ratings

  • Indiana: ISSMA JH/MS/ELEM BAND GROUP IV
  • Maryland: II
  • Michigan: Senior High D
  • North Carolina: I
  • Ohio: OMEA High School Band C
  • West Virginia: II


Performances

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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music


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Resources

  • Perusal score
  • Sweeney, M. (2005). Fires of Mazama [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.