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Michael Sweeney

Michael Sweeney


General Info

Year: 2012[?]
Duration: c. 9:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo I-II
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
Bb Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Baritone (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Toms (2)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

This innovative composition uses such uncommon compositional devices as unmeasured time blocks and duel tempos. The optional staging at the beginning places the brass and woodwind players except for tuba, bassoon and bass clarinet in the performance space among the audience. Much of the work is in an energetic 7/8 (quarter note = 160) with periodic meter shifts that keep it interesting. Later in the work a brief contrasting solo section in 4/4 (quarter note = 68), marked “Slowly, very freely,” provides a respite from the intense material that surrounds it and has solos for soprano saxophone, oboe (cued for clarinet), trumpet, baritone, and clarinet. Soloists are instructed to add bluesy inflections to the written figures. The extensive percussion scoring will require a minimum of nine players, including four players covering bells, vibraphone, chimes, crotales, marimba, and xylophone. The optional staging makes the work particularly well suited as a second-half opener.

- Review by John Thomson for "The Instrumentalist," December 2012.


The opening of this unique and masterful work for band places the wind players out in the audience as the listeners are surrounded by the effect of a swirling dance of celestial lights and sounds. Onstage, the percussion section introduces a driving ostinato pattern later picked up by the entire ensemble. A delicate and beautiful middle section almost suspends time as soloists provide a bluesy interaction with the rich background texture and each other. The frantic pace returns leading to a stunning chorale played by the winds while the percussion continues simultaneously at a separate tempo! A creative and magical addition to the repertoire!

- Notes by publisher


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links

Sample download; ensemble and conductor unknown


State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


All Wind Works


References

None discovered thus far.