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Abracadabra

By Frank Ticheli

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Concert band - Grade 3
Composed by Frank Ticheli. Suitable for advanced middle school, high school, community and college bands. Conductor Full Score. Duration 4:30. Published by Manhattan Beach Music (MH.1-59913-001-7).

Item Number: MH.1-59913-001-7

ISBN 1-59913-001-7.

Abracadabra was composed in the summer of 2004, and was orchestrated the following November during a residency at the MacDowell Colony. The piece is dedicated to my son, and is at once playful and serious, innocent and mischievous. A sense of mystery pervades as the dark key of G minor is balanced by sudden shifts to bright and sunny major keys. Throughout the composition I was thinking about magic, not in an evil or frightening sense, but as a source of fun and fantasy. My wonderfully playful, sometimes mischievous young son was always in the back of mind, as were images of Halloween with its costumes and jack-o'-lanterns. As the piece nears its conclusion, the music rushes toward what seems to be an explosive finish. But the woodwinds interrupt, fanning out to a questioning whole-tone cluster. They are answered by a puff of sound, a final disappearing act. In strictly musical terms, the piece is as clear an example of musical economy as anything I've composed. Almost everything is derived from the opening bars of the main theme. Indeed, virtually every note can be traced to the main melody or its accompaniment. Because of this heightened sense of unity, I had to choose other ways to achieve musical variety. The most important solution was through the sudden and frequent shifts of mood, mode, and tonality. Ensemble instrumentation: 2 Piccolo, 4 Flute 1, 4 Flute 2, 2 Oboe 1, 2 Oboe 2, 4 Bb Clarinet 1, 4 Bb Clarinet 2, 4 Bb Clarinet 3, 3 Bb Bass Clarinet, 1 Eb Contrabass Clarinet, 2 Bassoon 1, 2 Bassoon 2, 3 Eb Alto Saxophone 1, 3 Eb Alto Saxophone 2, 2 Bb Tenor Saxophone, 2 Eb Baritone Saxophone, 3 Bb Trumpet 1, 3 Bb Trumpet 2, 3 Bb Trumpet 3, 3 F Horn 1, 3 F Horn 2, 3 Trombone 1, 3 Trombone 2, 3 Euphonium B.C., 2 Euphonium T.C., 5 Tuba, 2 Timpani, 2 Xylophone, 3 Percussion 1 (Tri., Temple Blocks, Lge. Slapstick, Susp. Cymb.), 3 Percussion 2 (Vibraslap, Small Tom, Snare Drum, Bass Drum).

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  • 5

    trumpeterrr ;
    Difficulty Level:
    Advanced
  • April 28, 2011 awesome .

    This is the best song !

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  • 5

    Anonymous
    Location:
    Texas
    Difficulty Level:
    Intermediate
  • April 28, 2010 WOW..GREAT PIECE!!

    Our band played this for UIL in 2009(all 1's!:]), what an awesome piece, the way the music flows..and haults is amazing..

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  • 5

    Armando Granados
    Location:
    Euharlee, Georgia
  • June 04, 2008 This is Awesome

    Yea just like the person from Marrieta, GA - I was in that GMEA 08 all-state band this song was awesome and the band director we had 'Mrs. Land' was so cool. This song had a lot of fun parts and it's very happy.

    18 of 35 people found this review helpful.
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  • 5

    Anonymous
    Location:
    Marietta, GA
    Difficulty Level:
    Intermediate/advanced
  • March 28, 2008 VERY AMAZING!!!

    Our middle school band played this for GMEA in 8th grade and it was amazing!!! it was so much fun to play because of its sudden change in speed and style. It was a challenge but so much fun and worth it to play!! But it took our band a...

    long time to learn how to play it so i would not play it untill highschool.

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  • 5

    Zelle
    Location:
    Hyattsville,MD
    Difficulty Level:
    Intermediate/advanced
  • November 06, 2007 Spectacular

    Abracadabra is a spectacular song composed by one of the best composers I know, my band is playing this song, and it sounds soooo absolutely cool. This song, has energy, a soft side, and it sounds mysterious.

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