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Spitfire!

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Gary P. Gilroy

Gary P Gilroy


General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wingert-Jones Publications
Cost: Score & Parts - $65.00    |   Score Only - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon
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-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells (Glockenspiel)
  • Brake Drum
  • Chimes (or Tubular Bells)
  • China Cymbals
  • Claves
  • Cow Bell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Floor Tom
  • Gong (Tam tam)
  • Hi-hat
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Sizzle Cymbals
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbals
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Vibra Slap
  • Vibraphone
  • Whip
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

During World War II the British used a very fast fighter plane called the Spitfire, and borrowing this exciting name seemed appropriate as the composer set out to write a very fast and energetic concert work for high school bands. Spitfire! was composed for the San Joaquin County Music Educators Association High School Honor Band and was premiered in January 2007.

This work begins fast and energetic, and moves at rapid speeds throughout the complex rhythms and driving accents from all players during the short piece. Ranges in the work are not taxing, although the rapid, driving and relentless rhythms can become trying for the players if they are not ready for a quick journey in the key of G minor.

- Program note by the composer


Media


State Ratings

  • Maine: HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE BAND CATEGORY 2
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: III


Performances

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Works for Winds by This Composer


Resources

None discovered thus far.