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Popcopy (2007)

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General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 14:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Lydmusic
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $350.00   |   Score Only (print) - Unknown   |   Movements may be purchased separately.


Movements

1. More Cowbell! ($175 when purchased separately) – 3:30
2. One Time at Band Camp ($150 when purchased separately) – 4:25
3. Serenity Now – 6:10


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
Contra-Bassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Piano
Timpani
PercussionI-II-III-IV, including:

  • Many cowbells

(other percussion detail needed)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Popcopy is a work in three movements that is inspired by famous popular culture catchphrases. The first movement, More Cowbell!, is based on a popular Saturday Night Live skit. In this movement, four cowbell parts surround the band to emulate the struggle of balance between the band and the cowbells, but the cowbells also help keep the band together during complex rhythmic sections.

The second movement, One Time at Band Camp, is a catchphrase from the movie American Pie. This movement portrays reminiscences of summer love found and lost. Serenity Now is inspired by an episode of Seinfeld. Like the episode itself, the music deals with the line between sanity and insanity with at least four other story lines going on at the same time. There are multiple band quotes (shrouded tributes to Holst, Hindemith, and Sousa), aleatoric and non-metered sections, and a schizophrenic form to this final movement.

- Program Note by composer


Popcopy is a work in three movements that is inspired by famous catchphrases. The first movement, More Cowbell, is based on the popular Saturday Night Live skit featuring Will Ferrell as a fictional cowbell player for the band Blue Öyster Cult. Ferrell’s character, Gene Frenkle, fervently tells the band that since there are no songs that feature a cowbell, he would be doing a disservice to himself and the band if he didn’t “play the hell out of this” cowbell. The producer then coins the famous phrase: “Guess what?! I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is… more cowbell!” In this movement, cowbell parts surround the band to emulate the struggle of balance between the band and the cowbells, but the cowbells also help in keeping the band together during complex rhythmic sections.

- Program Note from University of Texas, Arlington, Wind Symphony concert program, 2 April 2018


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (Matthew O. Smith, conductor) – 20 October 2016
  • Southwestern Oklahoma State University (Weatherford) Symphonic Band (Keith Talley, conductor) – 24 April 2016
  • Lynn Conservatory of Music (Boca Raton, Fla.) Wind Ensemble (Kenneth Amis, conductor)– 15 January 2016
  • University of North Florida (Jacksonville) Wind Symphony (Gordon R. Brock, conductor) – 30 March 2011


Works for Winds by this Composer


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