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Modal Menagerie

By Richard E. Brown

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Modal Menagerie composed by Richard E. Brown. For concert band. Concert Band. FJH Young Band. Score only. Full set (score and parts) also available: B1305. Grade 2. Score only. Duration 3 minutes, 40 seconds. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.B1305S).

Modal Menagerie is a suite of four very short, fun pieces that are intended to introduce young students to modal tonalities. Each movement musically depicts an animal whose name alliterates with the mode being demonstrated: Lydian Lions, Phrygian Pheasan, Dorian Donkeys; and Mixolydian Monkeys.
The four modes used in this composition are not presented in their usual white-key tonalities, but are transposed to be more band friendly. The modes related to the major scale (Lydian and Mixolydian) are transposed to B-flat major, and the modes related to the natural minor scale (Phrygian and Dorian) are transposed to C minor. Instead of using modal key signatures (one less flat for Lydian and Dorian, one more flat for Phrygian and Mixolydian), the key signature of the closely related major or minor scale is used, with accidentals emphasizing the modal structure. However, the modal inflection note does not necessarily appear in all four movements on every part.

About FJH Young Band

Appropriate for middle school and smaller high school groups. Second clarinets usually stay below the break. Parts are written with more independence, and instrumentation increases slightly. There is still adequate doubling in the lower voices. Grades 2 - 2.5

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