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Frank Felice

Frank Felice

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General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 15:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Mad Italian Bros. Ink Productions
Cost: Score and Parts - Not yet available


1. Pow R Toc H (Power Hungry)
2. Perceptions of Power
3. Rings of Power
4. Absence of Power
5. Power Plays
6. Power Mad (Abuse of Power)

  • a. Power Slave
  • b. Power Trip
  • c. Power Train Warranty
  • d. Power Chords

7. Power of Prayer (Power of Love)


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Alto Flute
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV-V-VI
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-VI

  • Bass Drum
  • Bell Tree
  • Bicycle Horn
  • Brake Drum (2)
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbals
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales (with bow)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Ratchet
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Spring Coil
  • Squeaky Toys (loud)
  • Suspended Cymbal, Medium and Large
  • Suspended Rock Crash Cymbal, Medium
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle, Small (2)
  • Vibraphone (with bows)
  • Xylophone

Bandsmen shouts


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In Power Plays, Frank Felice combines a bit of hard rock strategy with a bit of compositional allusions. The result, complete with squeak toy solo and wine glass chorus, is as quirky as its composer.

Many musical works of mine start as a result of a play on words – a turn of phrase, onomatopoeia, bad puns (no, all puns are good, right?), poetic tropes of many kinds, etc. I also like musical painting, a kind of presentation of what some of these words/phrases evoke in me – not a general portrait, nor a kind of 19th century program music, but a more personal picture. Power Plays is no different, a seven- episode work that holds my impressions/expressions of various presentations, portraits, and tongue-in- cheek views of these various titles and turns of phrase containing the word ‘power’. Some of these are more literal (Full – Rings of Power, Less – Absence of Power), others are more opaque and subtle (Perceptions of Power), while others may be more playful (Power Play, Power Mad) or reverent (Power of Prayer – Power of Love).

Throughout the piece I also wanted to feature the percussion section as the predominant power source that drives the work. Sometimes this is accomplished in a more straightforward fashion (Pow R Toc H), but at times can be quite subtle (the use of wine glasses in the second and last episodes). Lastly, I wanted to give some instrumental sections prominence that are often used as mere auxiliaries in the wind ensemble, so at times I have transferred ‘power’ to some of those instruments that rarely are featured: the double bass, the piano, the contrabassoon, the bass clarinet, or the tuba.

According to, Felice wanted to write a symphony for band, but the commissioning party had in mind a work lasting only about fifteen minutes. “That put me in a kind of in- between place, where if it's episodic, you just have little vignettes instead of movements.” The titles have loose connections to the kind of music each episode contains, but the work isn't programmatic, Felice said. Thus, Power Chords is “a little bit angry, kind of a Stravinskyan thing — chord, chord, chord.” (Eat your heart out, Pete Townshend.) The composer doesn't have a ready explanation for all of the work's titles, however. “Powertrain Warranty”? “I was getting punch-drunk by then,” he admitted.

- Program Note from University of Nebraska Wind Ensemble concert program, 15 April 2016


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Wind Ensemble (Carolyn Barber, conductor) – 15 April 2016

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