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Spero (flex)

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Randall Standridge

Randall Standridge


Subtitle: Song of Hope


General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 3:05
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Randall Standridge Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00; (digital) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • C Instruments (Treble Clef)
    • Flute
    • Oboe
    • Violin
  • B-flat Instruments (High)
    • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
    • B-flat Soprano Saxophone
  • B-flat Instruments (Low)
    • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
    • B-flat Trumpet

Part 2

  • C Instruments (Treble Clef)
    • Flute
    • Oboe
    • Violin
  • B-flat Instruments
    • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
    • B-flat Trumpet
  • E-flat Instruments
    • E-flat Alto Saxophone

Part 3

  • C Instruments (Treble Clef)
    • Violin
  • C Instruments (Alto Clef)
    • Viola
  • B-flat Instruments
    • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
    • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
    • B-flat Trumpet
  • E-flat Instruments
    • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • F Instruments
    • Horn in F

Part 4

  • C Instruments (Bass Clef)
    • Bassoon
    • Trombone
    • Euphonium
    • Cello
  • B-flat Instruments
    • B-flat Bass Clarinet
    • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • B-flat Instruments (Low)
    • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
    • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Instruments
    • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • F Instruments
    • Horn in F

Part 5

  • C Instruments (Bass Clef)
    • Bassoon
    • Trombone
    • Euphonium
    • Cello
    • String Bass
  • B-flat Instruments
    • B-flat Bass Clarinet
    • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • B-flat Instruments (Low)
    • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
    • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Instruments
    • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • C Instruments (Bass Clef, Low)
    • Tuba

Piano/Synthesizer (optional)
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bells
  • Drum Set (optional)
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-toms (2)
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Blocks (2)

Backing Tracks


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Spero is a work that is intended to serve three purposes: First, I had the desire to create a work that would provide a vehicle for young musicians in which to explore and develop skills in 7/8 time. It has been generally accepted that this particular time signatures and ones similar to it are too challenging for young musicians, but I disagree. I think the problem is the literature. It has become a self-feeding cycle in that many of the works written in 7/8 time are intended for older musicians because “young musicians can’t do this”, and because of this, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. The challenge, then, is to create works that are accessible at the younger skills levels (reduced ranges, reduced rhythmic vocabulary, reduced length) that are engaging and meaningful, as well as carefully planned out to help in the development of the intended skill set. This was me thinking as an educator.

Second, I wished to create a fast concert opener that had a strong rhythmic drive and would be enjoyable for the listener and audience. The work has a slightly minimalistic feel and just a touch of pops which I find to be delightful and exciting. The challenge, at the young grade level, was to give everyone what I like to call “consequential parts” meaning that everything is important and nothing is wasted. Doing this in a way in which the orchestration remains interesting and colorful was also a requirement. This was me thinking as a composer.

Lastly, this work is partially a reaction to the year of 2020. This has been an especially trying year, and it would be very easy to give into despair. Spero (or Latin for “I hope”) is how I choose to face the future. My hope is that we will all come out of this experience with a renewed sense of fragility and humanity. Most importantly, I hope we come out of it with a commitment to kindness and consideration. We create the world anew every day with our actions, and I choose to face that dawn with hope.

Spero. Peace Love and Music

- Program Note by composer


Performance Notes

While each part may be used for any instrument in that key, the instruments listed are suggested for the best overall sound and range compatibility.


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