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Victory (Galante)

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Rossano Galante

Rossano Galante


General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 7:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: HAFABRA Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $100.00; (digital) - $100.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II (II doubling English Horn)
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV (6-8 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Shaker
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Sweeping melodic lines interact with gorgeous textures and powerful fanfares in this masterful work about achieving success against all odds. Moments of unabashed joy are juxtaposed against lyrical melodies representing sadness, before the entire work culminates in a grandiose recapitulation of the main theme.

- Program Note by publisher


Victory: achievement of mastery or success in a struggle or endeavor against odds or difficulties.

When approached by Lake Braddock High School to compose a piece for them, and to whom it is dedicated, they recommended that I watch the inspirational speech by James Anthony Valvano, head coach of the basketball team of North Carolina State University. The speech was given three years after his retirement at the ESPY Awards in 1993, where he was accepting the inaugural Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award.

To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think and you cry, that's a full day.

He then announced the creation of The V Foundation for Cancer Research, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer and told the audience that the foundation's motto would be: “Don’t give up… Don’t ever give up.”

He gave this speech less than two months before his own death from cancer.

It was his three keys words, “laugh,” “think” and “cry”, that stayed with me and helped formulate the structure for Victory.

Victory is comprised of two main themes. The opening melodic statement depicts joyous laughter and happiness incorporating soaring, sweeping melodic lines (laugh). The second theme uses lyrical melodies representing sadness and tears (cry). The last thematic statement is in 7/8 meter and is a rhythmic adaptation of the opening theme, and evokes a feeling of deep thought (think). The piece culminates in a grandiose recapitulation of the main theme.

- Program Note by composer


Commissioned by and dedicated to the Lake Braddock High School Band, Director, Michael C. Luley.

- Program Note from score


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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Galante, R. (2017). Victory: For Wind Band [score]. Hafabra Music: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Perusal score