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In the Valley of the Sun

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James Curnow

James Curnow


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General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 5:50
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard

Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail needed)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Commissioned by the Sun City (Ariz.) Concert Band, In the Valley of the Sun is composed in a three-part overture format opening with a rollicking and rhythmic Western-style theme. The slow middle theme musically depicts the beauty of the Arizona desert with a flowing, yet angular melody. In the third section, the Western flavor returns to draw the work to an exciting and driving conclusion.

-Program Note by publisher.


Composed in an ABA structure, this piece begins in 4/4 marked “Allegro Brilliante.” The opening rhythmic theme evokes a Western feel, while the complimentary second theme is more lyrical. Solo flute is featured in the scoring. The slower middle section is set in mixed meters and marked “Moderato espressivo.” There are solo opportunities for alto saxophone, oboe, and bassoon. An exhilarating recapitulation with variations concludes the work. The integral percussion scoring requires a minimum of seven players including two mallet specialists covering xylophone, vibraphone, chimes, bells, and marimba.

-Program Note from The Instrumentalist, Nov. 2013, p. 32.


Commercial Discography

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Audio Links


State Ratings

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Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


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References

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