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Harmelodic Configurations

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Stephen Hill

Stephen Hill


Subtitle: Symphonic Suite


General Info

Year: 2007 / 2019
Duration: c. 21:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: SARAHTIM Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - Contact Publisher


Movements

1. Fanfare and Canon – 1:45
2. Idyll: The Eastern Sierras – 4:55
3. Sturm and Drang: Angst – 1:20
4. Valse: Political Circus – 2:10
5. Toccata: Driving the 5 Fwy – 4:45
6. Elegy: Thank you, Howard Hanson (1896-1981) – 2:25
7. Fanfare, Canon and Flourishes – 3:25


Instrumentation

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

  • Bass Drum
  • Brake Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Configuration: a noun - an arrangement of parts or elements; “the outcome depends on the configuration of influences at the time”.

In the late spring of 2006, I called Gary Scudder, band director at Stockdale Christian School, asking about the possibility of getting copies of the band workout method book he had developed over his many years of teaching. During the conversation, Gary asked if I would consider writing a piece for his band that somehow included the tones C-B-D-A-A-G. I told Gary I would consider it, and that it would have to wait until the summer since I also teach elementary and high school band classes.

I used the notes C-B-D-A, for the California Band Directors Association, and since 2007 was the 50th anniversary of their conference, Gary asked for me to use the notes A-G, for Anniversary Golden. The work began in late June 2006, with sketches of harmonic and melodic configurations of the tones. Thus the title, Harmelodic Configurations (on the tones C-B-D-A-A-G). The sketching continued while my wife and I were on our annual camping and fishing trip. Sketches were worked out in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, a motel room in Missoula, Montana, while fly fishing the Lochsa River in Idaho, and at a campground at the base of Mt. Hood in Oregon. The actual writing took place in late July and was completed in late August. Each movement reflects the musical influence of each of my teachers and the composers I was studying at the time.

Harmelodic Configurations (on the tones C-B-D-A-A-G) was commissioned by Gary Scudder, band director at Stockdale Christian School in Bakersfield, California.

- Program Note by composer


Commercial Discography

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Performances

To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Stockdale Christian School (Bakersfield, Calif.) (Gary Scudder, conductor)
  • Azusa Pacific University Wind Ensemble (John Burdett, conductor) (Performance planned but posponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic)


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