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Low Arc of the Sun, The (flex)

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Steven Bryant

Steven Bryant


Subtitle: Five-Voice Adaptable Ensemble


General Info

Year: 2017 / 2021
Duration: c. 5:25
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Steven Bryant
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $50.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 2

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Horn in F
  • Violin
  • Viola

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Horn in F
  • Cello

Part 5

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • String Bass
  • Cello

Piano/Guitar (optional)
Timpani (optional)
Percussion (optional), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone


Errata

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Program Notes

The Low Arc of the Sun is a flexible instrumentation version of the band work of the same name, itself part of the five-work Miniature Suite. The work is a wistful chorale, evocative of the short, gray days in midwinter, marked by the low path of the sun above the horizon.

- Program Note by publisher


Performance Notes

If you have more than five players, double parts in an equitable manner, and I encourage you to refer to my original band and string orchestra versions (www.stevenbryant.com) for instrumentation ideas based on the players you have available to you. Feel free to assign solo moments and adjust orchestration as warranted. I hope you experiment freely in rehearsal and invite your players to make suggestions, switch parts, etc., to gain a deeper understanding of the impact instrumentation, octave placement, and density have on our experience of music. My goal with this adaptation is for the conductor and players to gain deeper insight into how music is put together, and how their intentional decisions are critical in all of their performances. It is about much more than the notes.


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