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Rock, River, Tree

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Michael Sweeney

Michael Sweeney


General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 4:10
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00; (digital) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
Contrabassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
F Horn
Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Mark Tree
  • Plastic Buckets
  • Shakers
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Toms (2)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Drawing inspiration from American poet Maya Angelou's inspirational poem On the Pulse of Morning, this unique work for band offers challenges and rewards for young players. Using the imagery of “a rock, a river, a tree,” Angelou challenges us all to work for unity and peace. The music ranges from an energetic percussive pulse (rock) that utilizes plastic buckets played throughout the ensemble, to a flowing chorale theme (river) that's heard near the beginning and again at the end. Throughout, the piece grows and intensifies (tree) as various musical elements are combined and varied. Dramatic music with important cross-curricular opportunities.

- Program Note by publisher


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

  • South Carolina: II


Performances

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