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Dancing On the Strand

By Robert Hutchinson

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Concert band /symphonic band - Difficult
Composed by Robert Hutchinson. Score and parts. Published by Walrus Music Publishing (WA.63012).

Item Number: WA.63012

This piece was selected for the 29th Symposium for New Band Music in Virginia, has been presented at national and regional composition and band conferences, and received an honorable memtion in the competition for ASCAP's Rudolph Nissim Award. "Dancing on the Strand" is a 7-minute piece with echoes of Stravinsky, Schwantner, and jazz. Three playful themes are subsequently developed polyrhythmically (there are sections of two against three, three against four, five against four, and seven against four) and canonically. In the celebratory recapitulation, all three themes are combined contrapuntally. Trumpet 1 ranges up to a high D, Alto Sax 1 ranges up to an altissimo A-flat, and Flute 1 ranges up to a high D. Trumpet 1 and Trombone 1 use harmon mutes. Scored for piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 3 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 alto saxes, tenor sax, baritone sax, 4 trumpets, 4 horns, 2 trombones, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba, double bass (optional), piano, timpani, and four percussion parts covering marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, glockenspiel, chimes, tambourine, toms (4), temple blocks, castanets, bell tree, triangle, suspended cymbal, splash cymbal, tam tam, slapstick, snare drum, and bass drum.

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