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Homage to Leonin

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Ron Nelson

Ron Nelson


This work is the first movement from Nelson's Medieval Suite


General Info

Year: 1983
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey and Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $17.50


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Cornet I-II
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Piano
Timpani Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal (suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-tam)
  • Marimba (2)
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Medieval Suite was written in homage to three great masters of the Middle Ages: Leonin (middle 12th century), Perotin (c. 1155-1200), and Machaut (c. 1300-1377). These are neither transcriptions of their works nor attempts at emulating their respective styles. Rather, the music served as a sort of launching pad for three pieces which draw on some of the stylistic characteristics of music from that period, e.g., repetition of rhythmic patterns or modes, modules of sound, proportions that produce octaves, fourths and fifths, use of Gregorian chant, syncopation, long pedal points where a sustained tone regulates melodic progression.

Homage to Leonin evokes his sinuous melodic style and use of Gregorian chant. It is a "mood piece" in which a chant on the Dorian mode is gradually transformed into a perfectly symmetrical eight-tone scale. The movement follows the form of an arch with a large climax, after which it closes as it began.

Homage to Leonin was first performed March 18, 1983, at the National Conference of the College Band Dirctors National Association by the Western Michigan University Symphonic Band, Richard J. Suddendorf, conductor.

- Program Note by Ron Nelson


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Texas State University (San Marcos) Symphonic Winds (Kyle Glaser, conductor) – 5 March 2020
  • Colorado State University (Fort Collins) Symphonic Band (Shannon Weber, conductor) - 25 February 2020
  • Oklahoma City (Okla.) University Wind Ensemble (Matthew Mailman, conductor) – 7 November 2019
  • University of Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown, PE, Canada) Wind Ensemble (Karem J. Simon, conductor) – 4 November 2018
  • James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) Wind Symphony (Stephen Bolstad, conductor) – 26 April 2018
  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Band (Dennis Glock, conductor) – 25 April 2018
  • Lakeshore Wind Ensemble (Manitowoc, Wisc.) (Marc Sackman, conductor) – 2 December 2017
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Symphonic Band (Mark Norman, conductor) – 16 November 2017
  • University of Miami (Coral Gables) Frost Symphonic Winds (J. Stephen Moore, conductor) – 12 October 2017
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Robert Taylor, conductor) – 6 October 2017
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Concert Band (Brian Diller, conductor) - 9 March 2017
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Orchestra (Mark Scatterday, conductor) – 1 February 2017
  • 207 Wind Orchestra (Timothy Burns, conductor) - February 13, 2016
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Shawn Vondran, conductor) – 30 October 2015
  • Lawrence University Symphonic Band (Matthew Arau, conductor) – 17 October 2015


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 383-388.