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Ginger Marmalade

Full Score and Parts

By Warren Benson

Concert Band Piccolo, Flute I, Flute II, Oboe, Clarinet (in Eb), Clarinet I, Clarinet II, Clarinet III, Alto Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Saxophone I, Alto Saxophone II, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet I, Trumpet II, Trumpet III, Horn I, Horn II, Tenor I, Tenor II, Tenor III, Euphonium, Tuba, Contrabass, Timpani, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Bells, Triangle, Suspended Cymbal
Full Score and Parts. Composed by Warren Benson. Carl Fischer Classic Band Editions. Score and Set of Parts. With Standard notation. 154 pages. Carl Fischer #J000707. Published by Carl Fischer (CF.J707).

Item Number: CF.J707

ISBN 082580616X. Key: B-flat major.

Originally written as part of the Commissioned Works for School Bands sponsored by Carl Fischer on the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of the firm, Ginger Marmalade has become one of the best known of serious twentieth-century works for school band. A humorous program number that plays with the listener's expectations, it is technically simple, but uses unusual sound resources (clapping hands, rapping heels, novel percussion sounds) o produce a work that delights the ear and challenges the mind. Often cited as a cornerstone of the young band repertoire (it is on both the UIL - Texas and NYSSMA required music lists), we are pleased to issue this delightful piece as part of our Carl Fischer Classic Band Edition.

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    Justin M. Riley
    Madison, WI
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  • 2001-07-18 00:00:00.0 A Different Approach to Writing for Band

    I know I only gave this piece three stars, but I still love it. I rate these pieces, the best being the last piece I would like to hear before I die. Ginger Marmalade is a typical Warren Benson piece, although it doesn't bite as much as The Passing...

    Bell. Ultimately, it is a canon of sorts; one that made me laugh when I first heard it. The melodies in this piece are dark in color, but light and even comical in the nature of its rhythms. The overall tone of the piece is "cheesily serious," which is what makes it enjoyable. This piece works only if the band is willing to concentrate on making their entrances at the appropriate times as this piece has quite a bit of syncopation.

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