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W. Francis McBeth

William Francis McBeth


This work bears the designation Opus 44.


General Info

Year: 1968
Duration: c. 11:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $8.75


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon I-II
Eb Clarinet
Bb Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Baritone
Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Francis McBeth’s Masque was commissioned by the University of Central Arkansas (State College of Arkansas, at the time) for the opening of their new fine arts auditorium in 1968. The first performance, by the college’s concert band, was conducted by Homer Brown.

The title refers to a type of courtly entertainment much favored in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England, involving acting, singing, ballet, acrobatics, and elaborate costumes and sets. The McBeth work aims to capture the spirit of those diversions without any specific reference.

- Program notes by David Goza


Masque is in a rounded three-part form, with the middle section differentiated from the flanking sections by its slower tempo and the absence of the persistent rhythmic motives of the earlier section. McBeth crafts the entire work from a small three-note motive first heard in the open measures of the work.

- Program notes by California State Long Beach concert program, 29 November 2012


Masque is in a contemporary idiom familiar to followers of concert band music -- not unusually experimental but nevertheless making use of twentieth-century devices. For example, Masque uses a variety of percussion instruments, has nontraditional harmonies, and makes use of short motifs for melodic interest. Two themes serve as the basic material for the entire piece; one is rhythmic, being heard only in the fast sections, and the other is a melodic three-note motif, which is developed during the entire course of the work.

- Program notes from University of North Carolina, Greensboro, University Band concert program, 3 October 2016


Commercial Discography


Audio Links

Sample download; ensemble and conductor unknown


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Arkansas: IV
  • California: V Class A
  • Florida: V
  • Georgia: IV
  • Iowa: III
  • Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP II
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Michigan: A
  • Minnesota: Category 2
  • Mississippi: IV-A, V-A, VI-A
  • North Carolina: V
  • New York: V
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Virginia: V


Performances

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  • Oakville High School (St. Louis, Mo.) Wind Symphony (Vance Brakefield, conductor) – 27 February 2020
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Chris Kaatz, conductor) – 30 January 2020
  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Concert Band (Matthew Morse, conductor) – 25 November 2019
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Symphonic Band (Kirk Saville, conductor) – 1 November 2019
  • University of Nevada Reno Concert Winds (Reed Chamberlin, conductor) – 23 October 2019
  • Bowling Green (Ohio) State University University Band (Bruce Moss, conductor) – 3 May 2019
  • Miamisburg (Ohio) High School Wind Symphony (Steve Aylward, conductor) - 14 November 2018
  • University of Wisconsin-Parkside Wind Ensemble (Laura Rexroth, conductor) – 18 October 2018
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Tuesday/Thursday Night Band - 18 April 2018
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Isaiah Odajima, conductor) – 21 March 2018 (CBDNA 2018 Southwestern Conference, Houston, Texas)
  • University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Wind Ensemble (Travis J. Cross, conductor) – 6 November 2017
  • California All-State High School Concert Band (Michelle Rakers, conductor) - 19 February 2017 (2017 CASMEC Conference, San Jose)
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, University Band (William L. Lake, Jr., conductor) – 3 October 2016
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts (Michigan) Adult Band Camp (Thomas Riccobono, conductor) - 14 August 2016
  • New Edmonton (Alberta, Canada) Wind Sinfonia (Raymond Baril, conductor) – 16 July 2015 - WASBE Conference, San Jose, Calif.
  • California State Long Beach Symphonic Band (Anthony Johnny, conductor) - 29 November 2012
  • College Symphonic Band (Daniel Laing, conductor) - Spring 2012


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