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Incino Arvum

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Thomas McKenney

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General Info

Year: 2019
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Incino Arvum was written for Jeanne Sinquefield, who has invested a great deal of money and energy in the school’s composition and new music endeavors. The piece, which possesses the interplay of a concerto, though exists as a single movement, features the instrument Sinquefield herself plays. The title, [composer] McKenney said, represents the Latin for “sing field,” a further nod to its inspiration.

The combination of symphonic wind ensemble and string bass is a relatively rare one, said McKenney, professor emeritus of composition at MU [University of Missouri]. He relished the opportunity to work with the colors of wind ensemble, creating moments of consonance and lovely contrast with the bass.

The work opens with a flute solo, its melody based on an ancient chant. The bass doesn’t assume the melodic material until approximately 40 measures in. Making other unique choices, McKenney casts much of the piece’s lot in with the percussion section, granting key moments in the accompaniment to temple bells and Thai gongs. Melodies carry Incino Arvum like currents, but McKenney finds room for harmonic adventure.

- Program Note by Aarik Danielson


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State Ratings

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  • University of Missouri (Columbia) Wind Ensemble (Brian Silvey, conductor; Miles Brown, double bass) – 26 April 2019 *Premiere Performance*

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