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Metamorphosis

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Andrew Boysen, Jr.

Andrew Boysen, Jr.


General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 4:25
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $7.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bar Chimes
  • Bongos
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Shakers
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibra-slap
  • Vibraphone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The title refers to the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly. The piece opens with a beautiful statement which then morphs into something new in the faster middle section. The triumphant final section emerges with lively percussion and ensemble swells, simulating the butterfly getting ready to take flight. This imaginative work ends peacefully as the butterfly floats off into the distance.

- Program Note from publisher


Metamorphosis is intended to trace the life cycle of a butterfly, beginning with a slow, beautiful melody (the caterpillar), followed by a faster, transformational passage (the caterpillar in the chrysalis), after which a new “butterfly” melody emerges, suggesting that the butterfly has taken flight. At the end of the piece, the opening material returns as the butterfly floats off into the distance.

Although the piece was intended to be about the life cycle of a butterfly, it occurred to the composer that this whole idea of transformation and metamorphosis applies just as easily to our own development as humans, from our innocent childhood through adolescence to the point at which we ourselves “take flight.”

- Program Note by the Canyon Ridge Middle School Honor Band concert program 19 December 2014


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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Works for Winds by This Composer


Resources

  • Payne, Phillip. "Metamorphosis." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 258-266. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.