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The Summit

By Kirk Vogel

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The Summit composed by Kirk Vogel. For concert band. Standard of Excellence in Concert. Grade 1.5. Score and set of parts. Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company (KJ.WB346).

The Summit is a programmatic piece written about a journey to the top of a mountain. Numerous visual pictures are presented regarding the journey: repeated eighth notes represent the endless walking necessary to reach the summit; the use of the minor mode to signifies fatigue; bold statements by the low brass and woodwinds indicate the beauty and grandeur that unfolds as the journey continues; and, of course, the grand finale describing the final ascent to the mountain top. A wonderful composition with varying tone colors.

About Standard of Excellence in Concert

The Standard of Excellence In Concert series presents exceptional arrangements, transcriptions, and original concert and festival pieces for beginning and intermediate band. Each selection is correlated to a specific page in the Standard of Excellence Band Method, reinforcing and expanding skills and concepts introduced in the method up to that point. Exciting parts with extensive cross-cueing are presented for every player. Accessible ranges, appropriate rhythmic challenges, and creative percussion section writing enhance the pedagogical value of the series.

Sold individually, each In Concert selection includes a full Conductor Score and enough student parts for large symphonic bands. Each student part also includes correlated Warm-Up Studies. The Conductor Score comes complete with rehearsal suggestions, a composer biography, program notes, a rehearsal piano part, several ready-to-duplicate worksheets and a duplicable written quiz.

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