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Pastime

From Wind Repertory Project
Jack Stamp

Jack Stamp


Subtitle: A Salute to Baseball


General Info

Year: 1999
Duration: c. 4:35
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos Music Co.
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00; Score Only - $9.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Castanets
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Woodblock
  • Xylophone


Errata

Measure 101 in the score has an incorrect meter signature in the clarinet 2 & 3 line.
Measure 109 in the Percussion I part has a missing meter signature.


Program Notes

In the words of the composer, this tribute to America's favorite pastime features salutes to baseball history "all loosely woven around two motives from the anthem of the seventh inning stretch Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

- Program Note by publisher


Jack Stamp drew inspiration for this work during a 1998 visit to Candlestick Park for a Giants baseball game. His memories took him back to his first World Series in 1962 between the Giants and the Yankees; he was only eight years old at the time. This salute to the 1962 Giants and baseball in general is loosely woven around two motives from the anthem of the seventh inning stretch Take Me Out to the Ball Game. Ever-changing meters, syncopation, and compound rhythms are skillfully crafted to pay homage to the heroes of the game. Measure numbers match player uniform or record numbers. Don Larsen, Willy Mays, Barry Bonds, Juan Marichal, Orlando Cepeda, and Roger Maris are a few to be so honored. A slapstick, woodblock, and rimshots imitate the crack of Willie McCovey’s bat. The flutes and bells play the notes “B-A-B-E” to salute the Bambino. Strains of Meet Me in St. Louis pay a tribute to Mark McGwire. Polytonality abounds as the work continues with two fugues based on themes from Take Me Out to the Ball Game.

The work was commissioned by the Santa Clara County (CA) Band Directors Association and was premiered on January 24, 1999, with the composer conducting. It is dedicated to Frank Battisti, long -ime conductor of the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, who retired that same year.

- Program Note from Windband.org


Commercial Discography

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Performances

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  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Symphonic Band (Brett Bawcum, conductor) – 5 April 2019
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Wind Symphony (Scott C. Tobias, conductor) – 8 February 2019
  • Ohio University (Athens) Symphonic Band (Joshua Boyer, conductor) – 26 April 2018
  • Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (David Diggs, conductor) – 19 November 2017
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Winds (Timothy Smith, conductor) – 15 October 2017
  • Ohlone Wind Orchestra (Fremont, Calif.) (Tony Clements, conductor) – 26 March 2017
  • Sequim (Wash.) City Band (Tyler Benedict, conductor) – 19 March 2017
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Concert Band (Kelly Desjardins, conductor) - 9 November 2016
  • Bemidji (Minn.) State University Wind Ensemble (Scott Guidry, conductor) – 30 October 2016
  • Washington and Lee University (Lexington, Va.) Wind Ensemble (Christopher Dobbins, conductor) – 4 April 2016
  • United States Army Band (Jack Stamp, conductor) – 23 July 2015
  • Lone Star Symphonic Band (Katy, Tex.) (Bob Bryant, conductor) - 3 May 2015
  • Category 5 Wind Ensemble, Inc. (Charlie Fix, conductor) - 8 June 2013


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 670-672.