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Tundra

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William Owens

William Owens


General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 4:25
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00; (digital) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba
Piano (optional)
Timpani
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bar Chimes
  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


Errata

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Program Notes

This programmatic work illustrates the eeriness and danger of a vast, sub-zero wilderness. The opening calm includes dissonant ostinato patterns paired with fragmented motifs. An ensuing storm then erupts with gusting rhythms and a menacing melody as the music powers forward into a ferocious whirlwind of sound before subsiding to its close with an ominous sense of unsettled calm.

- Program Note by publisher


Simply defined, a tundra is a vast region in which the subsoil is completely frozen. In this ecosystem, winters are extremely cold and rainfall is minimal. The few plants and animals that acutally survive in this harsh nothing are essentially clinging to life. Tundra snowstorms are quite harsh, known to bring winds up to 70 miles per hour and temperatures averaging -30 degrees Fahrenheit. The word tundra comes from the Finnish word tuntuna, meaning barren, treeless land.

Commissioned by the Trinity Springs Middle School Honors Band, Keller, Texas; Dean Surface, Director.

- Program Note from score


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