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Midnight Sky (from Midnight Suite)

By Brian Balmages

Concert band - Level 0.5
Composed by Brian Balmages. Concert Band. FJH Starter Series. Score and set of parts. Duration 1 minute, 45 seconds. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.B1321).

Item Number: FJ.B1321

Midnight Sky is a beautiful moment of musical solitude in which listeners close their eyes and imagine a quiet moment under the stars, uninterrupted by the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We often forget to embrace those moments of peace and tranquil
Very few compositions offer the opportunity to truly work on musical expression without the technical demands often placed on students. I am often disappointed by the number of directors who avoid lyrical works because their students "can't play that kind of music without sounding bad . . " As a result, I have written a short lyrical piece that uses only six notes in all instruments and is of moderate length for young musicians. It is my sincere hope that this work will open the door that many ensembles have hesitated to pass through. This piece is the second of three included in Midnight Suite.

About FJH Starter Series

Introduction to Beginning Band - Ideal for the first several months of instruction. These pieces are a comfortable length for students (about a half page of music) and are playable with as few as five instruments. All instruments are limited to a 6-note diatonic range. Several supplemental exercises are included to help teach different elements of each piece. Grade .5

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  • 5

    Springfield, VA
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  • November 07, 2012 Not Just For Beginners

    I had the pleasure of playing this piece as part of the Fairfax Wind Symphony's "new music clinic" at the VMEA convention in 2006. We loved it so much we included it as part of our performance at the Midwest Clinic that December, in a program that included Menin...

    's Canzona and Della Joio's Variations on a Medieval Tune. I've never seen a group work so hard to make 6 notes sound perfect, and it was well worth the effort. As a result, it stands as one of my favorite pieces I've ever played, ranking right up there with the likes of Lincolnshire Posy and La Fiesta Mexicana. I kid you not. Dedicate yourself to extracting every ounce out of this piece, and you'll fall in love it it, no matter the age or grade level of your players.

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  • 4

    Amarillo, TX
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • December 10, 2008 An Amazing Lyrical Masterpiece

    When I first heard this piece and read through the score, I was taken aback because most first year music is lame-o. This puts a fresh prospective on the first year band student. I have 35 beginners in grades 4-6. they played it in the Christmas concert and...

    didn't miss a note. Most kid love playing fast music. I told my students the best can play both. they rose to the challenge and nailed it to the last chord. A standing ovation followed. A must for anyone willing to challenge their students, whether first year and beyond.

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  • 5

    Baltimore, MD
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  • April 21, 2008 A Classical Favorite

    A slow movement of beauty.

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