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Taking the Fifth

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Peter Meechan

Peter Meechan


Subtitle: For 4-Voice Adaptable Ensemble and Drum Set


General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 5:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Meechan Music
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $60.00


Instrumentation (Adaptable Band)

(Whilst the piece can be played with any instrument on any part, the following is a guide for part assignments)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 2

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • F Horn
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Violin
  • Viola

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • Bassoon
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • F Horn
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • Cello
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Euphonium
  • Trombone
  • Tuba

Piano
Percussion

  • Drum Set
  • Marimba
  • Vibraphone


Errata

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Program Notes

Taking the Fifth is a work for adaptable ensemble of four or more players and drum set. Using the interval of a 5th as the primary material, Taking the Fifth was written during the Covid-19 as part of the Creative Repertoire Initiative in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and its effect on music education.

Upbeat, occasionally dark, sometimes shocking, Taking the Fifth was the piece that got my creative juices flowing again, having initially found myself pretty lost for inspiration during the pandemic.

Program Note by composer


Performance Notes

As part of the Creative Repertoire Initative I have written/re-worked several pieces that are for an adaptable/flexible ensembles (for band and string instruments) a response to the challenges to music performance and education that have been created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The idea behind these pieces is that, no matter the issues we face moving in to the 2020/21 academic year, there will be repertoire for players of all levels to learn and play together, be it in person, a hybrid-model, etc.

Each piece has been arranged into four voices (S,A,T,B) and scored so that each instrument in your ensemble can play any part (i.e. flute I-IV, French Horn I-IV, Tuba I-IV, etc.). There are optional percussion parts in every piece and several of the pieces also have optional piano parts. There are also works with electronics too! Also included in the set will be a score for each instrument (e.g. a four-part score for trombone, a four-part score for clarinet, etc.), as well as a score in C complete with all of the percussion parts.

Experimentation with, and exploring of, instrumentation, colours, and textures is encouraged, and octave changes, where appropriate are possible.

More information can be found at the Meechan Music Adaptable Chart FAQ page here.

The drum set part can be substituted with the three percussion parts provided. The drum set part can be free -- the notation is provided as a guidance.


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