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Propagula

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Robert Linn

Robert Linn


General Info

Year: 1970
Duration: c. 12:35
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Instrumentation

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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Cymbal (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tenor Drum
  • Tom-Toms
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Propagula is a botanical term which refers to the propagative parts of a plant, such as the buds or shoots. In this composition the musical "buds" introduced in the opening section serve to generate all the melodic ideas that follow. The piece may be described as a set of free variations consisting of eight sections with contrasting moods: theme, march, waltz, dirge, scherzo, fanfare, chorale, and fugue.

Commissioned and first performed by the West Texas State University Band directed by Gary Garner, Propagula was subsequently selected to represent the Western Division of the College Band Directors National Association at its convention held January 1973 at the University of Illinois.

- Program Note by Robert Linn


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

Audio Links


State Ratings

  • Florida: VI   ---  (The Florida Bandmasters Association denotes this as "significant literature")


Performances

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  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Wind Ensemble (Carolyn Barber, conductor) – 23 April 2018


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Casey, Patrick. "Errata Corner: Propagula by Robert Linn" CBDNA Report (Fall 1996): 9–11.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 862-869.
  • Robert Linn website