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Forge of Vulcan, The (flex)

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Michael Sweeney

Michael Sweeney


General Info

Year: 1997 / 2013
Duration: c. 3:40
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00; (digital) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


== Instrumentation (Flexible) ==

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 2

  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • Violin

Part 3

  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • F Horn
  • Violin
  • Viola

Part 4

  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Euphonium T.C
  • F Horn
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Bassoon
  • Cello

Part 5

  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Bassoon
  • Euphonium T.C.
  • Cello
  • B-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Tuba
  • String/Electric Bass

Timpani
Mallet Percussion

  • Bells
  • Xylophone
  • Gong

Percussion I

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Trash Cans

Percussion II

  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Triangle
  • Tom-Tom, medium
  • Trash Cans
  • Wind Chimes
  • Slap Stick


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

In Greek and Roman mythology, Vulcan was the god of fire and metal working. The Forge of Vulcan musically describes the moods and sounds of an imaginary workplace of this ancient blacksmith.

This powerful, exciting work has a relentless rhythmic drive that keeps hammering away at you Drummers will just love this one, especially with the unique use of metal trash cans to evoke the power of the ancient blacksmith. Lots of changing meters add variety, and the dark textures and moods create an aura of mythology.

This version adapted for the Flex-Band format allows small or incomplete ensembles the opportunity to enjoy this exciting piece.

- Program Note by publisher


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class C


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


All Wind Works


Resources

  • Perusal score
  • [Sweeney, M. [2013]. The Forge of Vulcan [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.