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James Syler

James Syler

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: III 1/2 - IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $11.00


Full Score
C Piccolo (optional)
Flute I-II
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-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Both a 6/8 tarantella and a minor march are intertwined in this tale of autumnal mischief. Themes initially appear with the flute, percussion and then trombones. After extensive interchange and development the themes are brought back simultaneously building to a clever ending. A spooky delight!

-Program Note from publisher

Filled with mischief, this creative work brings together a tarantella style with a march in a minor key. The piece begins with a playful, yet mischievous solo for flute with mallet percussion accompaniment. The piece then explores a variety of textures as additional melodies and counter-melodies are introduced. In the final section, the two main themes return simultaneously as the piece builds to a dramatic conclusion. Well scored, the composition includes effective contrasts of dynamics, meter, and key; tasteful percussion writing; and interesting lines for each section. Uniform styles of articulation, proper phrasing, attention to balance, and a steady tempo are needed for an outstanding performance. An imaginative work, this piece would be especially well-suited for a program near Halloween or for inclusion on a fright-night themed program featuring other spooky classics.

-Program Note from The Instrumentalist, April 2014, p. 39.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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