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Take a Chance

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Hale Smith

Hale Smith

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Subtitle: An Aleatoric Episode for Band

General Info

Year: 1964 / 1965
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Frank Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Take a Chance is a piece with aleatoric elements. Take a Chance consists of five long statements ('variations') all based on the same warm-sounding but atonal harmonic structure.

Variation I may be taken as the initial theme, Smith calls it 'a passionate song.' Variation II is a light-hearted march. Variations III and IV allow individual improvisation on prescribed notes; improvisation is especially necessary in Variation IV, where it provides the only melody. Smith's notes on the score also propose that the performing ensemble combine any two variations simultaneously, and experiment with varying the instrumentation within variations.

- Program Note by William Zick


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State Ratings

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  • SUNY Potsdam Crane Wind Ensemble (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) - 22 October 2021

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