Talk:Concerto No. 1
26 March 2021
From the score, by the composer:
As in all pieces where the score page is full at times, I encourage conductors to make sure that the musicians understand what section(s) might have the floor at any given time during the piece. As I state, often ad nauseam, to players in Regional Honor Bands and All-State Bands, it is sometimes more important to know when you DON'T have the melody than the other way around. As is the case with most composers, I often will mark the same dynamics for the entire group during big sections of the piece. I'm not sure why we still do that, but we do on occasion. Anyway, in those places, please assign appropriate dynamic levels based on the size of your band so that the band doesn't come across as "yelling" during the especially loud moments. Even in these almost bombastic parts of the piece, we should always hear clear chord qualities, great tone and blend throughout the ensemble.
If for some reason you are missing an individual to cover a solo part, feel free to move that solo to another instrument that works for your band. I know some folks might find that sacrilegious, but as a former educator of 30+ years, I totally get it. Just make sure the instrument selected still works well within the respective orchestration during that part of the piece.