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Hieroglyphs

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Anne McGinty

Anne McGinty


Subtitle: Scenes from the Nile


General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: c. 6:20
Difficulty: II-III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute (div. a3)
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat 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
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Maracas
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


Errata

  • "Chariot Race" is marked QN = 108. In personal correspondence, McGinty encourages a much faster tempo as long as the stylistic elements are still audible.


Program Notes

Hieroglyphs — Scenes from the Nile is an original composition that musically portrays various scenes from ancient Egypt. Two of these scenes are based on ancient Egyptian music: "Procession To The Tombs" uses the melody from Ya Azeez Einy (O Dear Beloved Country) and "Festival Dance" uses both Tafta Hindi and Why The Smiling Sea.

- Program Note from score


Darkly mysterious and exotic sounding, with a dance-like section that evokes the image of an ancient Egyptian celebration, this will provide a magical moment in your concert program. Marvelous use of timbre and effects bring the music to life, with a particularly effective clarinet solo in the opening, rattling percussion sounds and festive hand claps. The contrasting middle section is slow and broad like the Nile River itself, and sets the woodwinds and brasses in choirs to good effect. And there is a chariot race too.

- Program Note excerpted from publisher


Media


State Ratings

  • Michigan: Junior High AA
  • Michigan: Senior High B
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: III
  • West Virginia: III


Performances

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Works for Winds by This Composer


Resources

  • Ann McGinty, personal correspondence, 12 August 2013
  • Anne McGinty website Accessed 12 September 2021