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Gradients

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Andrew David Perkins

Andrew David Perkins


General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Apollo Studios
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $150.00   |   Score Only (digital) - $25.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

In physics, gradients can describe an increase or decrease in the magnitude of a property (e.g., temperature, pressure, or concentration) observed in passing from one point or moment to another. In mathematics, the gradient is a synonym for slope. It points in the direction of the greatest rate of increase of a function, and its magnitude is the slope of the graph in that direction.

Gradients for concert band is a synthesis of these ideas, designed for developing musicians. The gradient concept is expressed through dynamics, cluster chords (including a simple 4 mallet marimba part) and extensive use of the melodic minor scale.

Commissioned by a consortium of music educators dedicated to the promotion of new music.

- Program Note by composer


Awards

  • NBA/Alfred Young Band Composition Concert, 2018, winner


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

  • Michigan: Junior High A
  • Michigan: Senior High C


Performances

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