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Joel Blahnik

Joel Blahnik

General Info

Year: 1992
Duration: c. 8:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alliance Publications
Cost: Score & Parts - $55.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion, including:

  • Congas
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-Tam?)
  • Snare Drum
  • Temple Blocks
  • Timpani
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Mississippi - A Tone Poem of America's Greatest River was commissioned by the School District of LaCrosse, Wisconsin for their 1992 Middle School Honors Band Festival. The work portrays the river through a narrative text and characteristic musical motifs. These motifs will be of interest to the performing musicians for they symbolize the river and its environs: open fifths as the strength of the Native American tribes and the grandeur of the stone bluffs; the wave action of the the river and fall is represented by the diatonic interval of a second; the motion of the water by the natural minor scale melody, the percussion writing and the pentatonic melodies joining in counterpart symbolize the peaceful nature of the Native Americans living along its banks.

The appearance of the tune, Ol' Man River, by Jerome kern from Showboat, is intentional since it is also patterned on a pentatonic scale. Its use can provide the students with a strong American cultural connection.

Program Note from Published Score

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

North Carolina: III


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