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Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages


General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 1:48
Difficulty: I (See Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $45.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00


Instrumentation

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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

This spirited work depicts a parade in Scotland from the viewpoint of a spectator. Based on the popular Scottish folk song Aiken Drum, this piece layers various elements to create the iconic sound of Scottish pipes and drums. The parade begins from a distance with the sound of a drum cadence before the melody is introduced and the texture begins to thicken. Soon, the sound of the bagpipe drone enters as the parade comes ever closer. Original music intertwines with Celtic sounds as the parade reaches its peak with a full complement of percussionists contributing to the joyous atmosphere. As the musicians pass by, the music begins to fade with various motifs making a final appearance. Just as the parade appears to have passed completely, a joyous and hearty final chord sounds, reminding everyone of the great spirit of this beautiful country.

- Program Note adapted from composer


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