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Strata

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Kathryn Salfelder

Kathryn Salfelder


General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 11:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Kon Brio
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Movements

1. Playful
2. Grieving
3. Nostalgic


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
C Trumpet I-II
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Piano
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Kick Drum
  • Marimba
  • Tom-Toms (4)
  • Wood Blocks (2)
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Several of my wind ensemble works (Cathedrals, Crossing Parallels, Shadows Ablaze) feature quotations of Renaissance music. Rather than echo the distant past here, I quote instead my friend and contemporary composer, Cody W. Forrest, from whom I have borrowed the lyrical melody found in Strata. You will hear the full melody twice -- first in the flugelhorn in the first movement, and later in the saxophone and brass chorales in the third movement. From this tune, I have derived much of the other motivic and harmonic material of the piece.

Cody’s stunning melody has reverberated in my mind for two years now, and I am grateful for his blessing to manipulate it into Strata. He is a first-rate friend by all accounts -- not just for being amicable to my thievery! -- a kind and selfless soul, and as you will hear, a brilliant musician.

The title, Strata, refers to layers of musical materials sounding simultaneously. Throughout the piece, melodies and instruments move through time at different speeds, sometimes collaborating, and other times at odds with one another. The unique instrumentation is closer to a jazz big band than a standard wind ensemble; the piece omits the oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns, euphoniums, and tubas usually found in the symphonic band.

Strata is commissioned by the Temple University Wind Symphony. Many thanks to Patricia Cornett, Director of Bands, for spearheading this project and for a rewarding collaboration.

- Program Note from score


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State Ratings

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