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Reeding the Scales

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Tom Flaherty

Tom Flaherty


General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 8:25
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
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
Euphonium
Tuba I-II
Timpani
Percussion (3 players), including:

  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals (2)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


Errata

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Program Notes

I was pleased when Stephen Klein asked me to contribute a piece to a Pomona College Band concert of mostly premieres, and doubly pleased with his request to feature clarinetist Leslie Schroerlucke. Leslie's beautiful sound in all ranges inspired the slow passages, and her deft technique prompted the racing scales.

Reeding the Scales plays with a wide assortment of scales, including traditional major and minor, church modes, symmetrical modes of Olivier Messiaen, and other invented scales. Each scale has its own character to explore. Although all the instruments participate, the single- and double-reed instruments have the lion's share of scales, hence the title and its spelling.

Reeding the Scales is gratefully dedicated to Stephen Klein, Leslie Schroerlucke, and the Pomona College Band.

- Program Note by composer


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