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Swashbuckler, The

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The Swashbuckler (A Concert March) for Band

Mark Wolfram


Subtitle: A Concert March


General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Sound Studio Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00 USD   |   Score Only - $45.00 USD


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Cornet I-II-III
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Mallets, including:

  • Glockenspiel (bells)
  • Tubular Bells (chimes)
  • Vibraphone

Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cowbell
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Snare Drum


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Whether on the high seas, at a distant archaeological dig site, in the forests of medieval England or even on a pirate star cruiser, the swashbuckler character - a loveable rogue - has long been a part of literature. The early Hollywood films of the 20th century established a visual archetype for this iconic character, complete with his own brand of music - flamboyant, exciting, swaggering, and yet always with a hint a whimsy. To this day these silver screen characters are often revisited and remain extremely popular.

The Swashbuckler (A Concert March) for Band embodies all these qualities - giving every section of the band an opportunity to metaphorically swing from a yardarm, duel with a sword, find a lost treasure and (of course) save a fair damsel. From its robust theme in the brass section to its sweeping woodwind passages, "The Swashbuckler" offers a refreshing alternative to the traditional march fare. Fanfare-inspired passages are contrasted with faux-fugal sections, complex and angular harmonic interludes, all punctucated with exciting percussion and unexpected timbral and tonal episodes.


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media Links

  • Audio File: MP3


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer

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