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A Festive Violet Pulse

By Nancy Galbraith

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Orchestra (3 flutes (piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons; 4horn, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones (bass), tuba; timpani, 4 percussion, harp, piano; strings)
Composed by Nancy Galbraith (1951-). Study Score. Composed 1997. Duration 3'. Published by Subito Music Corporation (SU.90810040).

Item Number: SU.90810040

Composer's Note: A Festive Violet Pulse opens with lively textures in the woodwinds which are used as accompaniment for a melodic statement in the violins. This melody is answered contrapuntally by the celli, and develops into a web of repeated melodic phrases. The middle section is very rhythmic, highlighting the percussion section and making use of many polyrhtyhms. A soft tremolo begins to emerge in the strings and gradually evolves into the foreground material. A repeated note theme enters in the celli and is answered sequentially by each string section. A strong statement of the original theme in the trumpets and violins climaxes the movement. -N.G.