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"Commissioned by the 2005 ATSSB All-State Band by Association of Texas Small School Bands, Ed Lowes President"

By Fred Allen

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Concert band - Grade 3.5
"Commissioned by the 2005 ATSSB All-State Band by Association of Texas Small School Bands, Ed Lowes President". Composed by Fred Allen. Full score. Published by TRN Music Publisher (TU.FSEXH1).

Item Number: TU.FSEXH1

"Overflowing joy, abundant cheerfulness: these are feelings a musician has upon winning spot in an All-State Band! In fact, any time player reaches a musical goal, there is a feeling of accomplishment coupled with happiness. Music has a way of exhilarating us, not only through achieving short-range and long-range goals, but also from the sheer wonder of the art form itself.

Exhilaration was commissioned by the Association of Texas Small School Bands for performance by the 2005 All-State Band. It is set in ABA form. The first part of the piece is a jig, capturing a musicians' Exhilaration. It should be bright and cheerful, a dance of joy. The secondary theme that first appears at m. 45 looks and feels like 3/4 time. It can even be conducted that way, though it is critical that the eighth note pulse remains equivalent before and after passages that have the theme. Players to rush this pattern.

The center section, beginning at m. 114 is marked "Andante Cantabile," at a walking pace and in singing style. The are abundant opportunities for adding musical expression through added dynamic contours and some rubato: conductors, be creative!

A fugue commences after the percussion introduction in m. 152. Tubas introduce the theme at m. 156. Be sure this remains dominant as it moves to each entering voice. From m. 236, the two main themes, forming the opening of the piece and the slower center section, are combined and contrasted. Keep the tempo cheerful and exhilarating!

Fred J. Allen is Director of Bands at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. In addition to his responsibilities with the band, he teaches conducting and music education classes. Prior to his current position, Allen taught at Abilene Christian University and for eleven years in public schools. His areas of specialization include literature for bands and intonation of the wind instruments. TRN has published pieces for band by Fred J. Allen which draw upon his experience As a public school teacher. He attempts to present opportunities for expressive playing within the range and rhythm constriction necessary for young instrumentalists. Allen is a member of College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and Phi Beta Mu honorary bandmasters fraternity.".

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