Excalibur by James Swearingen. Concert band. Young Concert Band. Norman Lee Series. Audio recording available separately (item CL.WFR324). Grade 1.5. Score and set of parts. Composed 1992. Duration 3 minutes, 33 seconds. Published by C.L. Barnhouse (CL.015-2491-00).
This is an exceptional concert or festival piece for the end of the first year or for second year bands. It contains all of the unmistakable Swearingen magic and yet remains very playable. A great vehicle for teaching syncopation as well as musical style, all of the ranges are very moderate, and with the exception of a few notes in the first clarinet part, all of the clarinets remain below the break.