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West Highlands Sojourn (flex)

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Robert Sheldon

Robert Sheldon


This work bears the designation Opus 39.


General Info

Year: 1993 / 2014
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


Movements

1. Stow-on-the-Wold - 1:38
2. Bradford Ballade - 2:50
3. On Derwentwater - 1:40

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1
C Instruments

  • Flute
  • Piccolo
  • Violin
  • Guitar

B-flat Instruments

  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • B-flat Soprano Saxophone

E-flat Instruments

  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • E-flat Clarinet

Part 2
C Instruments

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Violin
  • Guitar

B-flat Instruments

  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet

E-flat Instruments

  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • Horn in E-flat

Horn in F
Part 3
B-flat Instruments

  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Euphonium T.C.
  • B-flat Trombone T.C.

E-flat Instruments

  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • Horn in E-flat
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone

Bass Clef

  • Trombone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Cello
  • Bassoon

Horn in F
Viola
Part 4
B-flat Instruments

  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Trombone T.C.
  • Euphonium T.C.

E-flat Instruments

  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
  • E-flat Tuba T.C.

Bass Clef Instruments

  • Trombone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Cello
  • Bassoon

Bass Part

  • String Bass
  • Electric Bass Guitar
  • Keyboard Bass
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Cello
  • Bassoon

Tuba Part
Keyboards

  • Piano
  • Electric Piano
  • Synthesizer
  • Accordion

Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

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Program Notes

Inspired by this popular composer’s journey through the western hill country of England and Wales, this delightful piece borrows from folk melodies he heard on a river near the Scottish border. The three contrasting sections of the piece make it equally suitable for concert or contest use, and Sheldon’s artful scoring makes this one of the nicest new pieces we have heard.

West Highlands Sojourn was commissioned by the Cobb Middle School Band, Tallahassee, Florida, J. William Miller, director.

- Program Note by publisher


West Highlands Sojourn was inspired by the composer’s travels to the western hill country of England and Wales. The work, in three contrasting movements, is a perfect example of Sheldon’s “real music” for a young band.

The first movement, Stow-on-the-Wold, refers to a rural destination, a market town in Gloucestershire, England. The town is full of stone houses, hotels, shops, and quaint restaurants and tea houses. The music of the first movement is a light, cheerful march.

Bradford Ballade, the second movement, takes us to a borough in Northern England. Bradford, currently a populous area, has an industrial history. The region is now a bustling, metropolitan area, full of shopping and culture, and surrounded by beautiful rolling hillsides and meadows. The lovely, gentle melodies of Bradford Ballade evoke a relaxing, mellow hike through the picturesque countryside.

The third movement, Derwentwater, takes its name from a big lake in northwest England. Derwentwater is a popular vacation destination, with walking trails, swimming, fishing, and boating. Sheldon composed the movement in a brisk 6/8, with several hemiolic interchanges between the brass and the woodwinds.

- Program Note by Nancy Moser for the Joaquin Miller Middle School Advanced Band concert program, 21 February 2015


West Highlands Sojourn was commissioned by the Cobb Middle School Band, Tallahassee, Florida, J. William Miller, director.

- Program Note by publisher


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