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Fortress

From Wind Repertory Project
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Frank Ticheli


General Info

Year: 1988
Duration: 5:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contrabass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass 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
Timpani
Mallets
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom


Errata

Tenor Saxophone, measure 60: missing staccato dots (also missing from cues in Alto Saxophone 1); Horn 1 and 2, measure 93, beat 1: B flat, not B natural; Tuba, measure 109, beat 2 1/2: B natural, as in score, not D natural as in part; Bass Clarinet, measure 112, beat 3 1/2: F sharp, as in score, not F natural as in part; Alto Saxophone 1, measure 117, beat 1: Should be a dotted quarter note, not quarter note; All Horns, measure 148, beat 1: eighth note followed by eighth rest, not quarter note; Tenor Saxophone, measure 152, beat 4: Should be a Gb, not Ab


Program Notes

Fortress was composed in 1988 and received its premiere performance in Iron County, Michigan, by the Batawagana Youth Camp Band. Ticheli wrote the piece while serving on the faculty of Trinity College in San Antonio, Texas, making Fortress one of his earlier compositions for the wind band. The piece is based upon short motive ideas, which Ticheli develops, layers, and sets in imitative textures throughout the piece. Each work can be traced back to the interval of a tritone, an important trend throughout the work.

- Program Note from University of British Columbia Concert Winds concert program, 2 April 2016


Fortress was composed as a tribute to the composer's former band director, Robert Floyd of Richardson, Texas. Although Ticheli was already an international award winner, this was his first published work for concert band.

The first 19 bars of Fortress are taken from the composer's piano score for a 1987 theater production of Moliere's Don Juan. Of the dozens of short snips, each of which portrays a different character, this passage represents the dual personality of Don Alonso -- on the one hand chivalrous and honor bound; on the other hand sinister and ruthless.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

  • Florida: IV
  • Texas: III


Performances

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  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Wind Symphony (Christopher Hughes, conductor) – 3 May 2019
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Tuesday/Thursday Concert Band (Ramona Shiwbaran, conductor) – 24 April 2019
  • Western Connecticut (Wilton) Youth Orchestra Wind Ensemble (Albert Montevalvo, conductor) – 4 March 2019
  • Emporia (Ks.) Municipal Band (James Davis, conductor) - 7 June 2018
  • University of Arizona (Tucson) Concert Band (Evan Gibson, conductor) – 28 April 2018
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Winds (Marykatheryne Kuhne, conductor) – 23 March 2018
  • Berea (Ky.) College Wind Ensemble (James Dreiling, conductor) – 1 March 2018
  • Penn State University (University Park) Campus Band (Dennis Glocke, conductor) – 25 April 2017
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Campus Band (Brian Diller, conductor) – 22 April 2017
  • University of Texas, Arlington, Symphonic Band (Christopher Evans, conductor) – 23 February 2017
  • University of Iowa, University Band (Nolan Hauta, guest conductor) - 5 December 2016
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Concert Winds (Imran Amarshi, conductor) – 2 April 2016
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Symphonic Band (Ian Richard, conductor) - 27 May 2015
  • California State University, Northridge, Wind Symphony (Lawrence Stoffel, conductor) - 18 November 2014
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) - 9 April 2014
  • Reavis High School Symphonic Band (Andrew Davis, conductor). - 22 February 2014 (Midwest Music Festival, Lemont, Illinois)
  • California State University, Fresno, Symphonic Band (David Fullmer, conductor) - 15 March 2013 (2013 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.))
  • Austin Peay State University Symphonic Band (John Schnettler, conductor) - 5 March 2013


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