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Joy Revisited

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 score and set of parts. Duration 3:30. Published by Manhattan Beach Music (MH.1-59913-004-1).

Item Number: MH.1-59913-004-1

ISBN 1-59913-004-1.

Above all, Joy Revisited is an expression of its namesake: simple, unabashed joy. The main melody and overall mood of the work (and its companion piece, Joy) were inspired by a single event: the birth of our first child. The intense feelings that any father would likely feel on such a day were, in my case, accompanied by a simple little tune which grabbed hold of me in the hours preceding her birth, and refused to let go throughout the day and many days thereafter. Indeed, until I jotted it down in my sketchbook, it did not release its grip. Seven years and two children later, I stumbled upon that old sketch and discovered (or rediscovered) that it would serve perfectly as the foundation for a joy-filled concert band overture. Joy Revisited, and its companion piece, Joy, are the results of an experiment I have been wanting to try for many years: the creation of two works using the same general melodic,, and expressive content. In other words, I endeavored to compose un-identical twins, two sides of the same coin - but with one major distinction: Joy was created with young players in mind, while Joy Revisited was aimed at more advanced players. Thus, Joy Revisited is somewhat longer, more technically demanding, and develops ideas further than its companion. Where Joy sounds a dominant chord, Joy Revisited elaborates upon that chord with a flourish of 16th-notes. While Joy moves at a bright tempo and is centered around Bb, Joy Revisited moves even faster, and is centered around Eb, extending the register of the instruments upwards by a perfect fourth. Despite these and many more differences between the two works, both come from the same essential cut of cloth, both were composed more or less simultaneously, and both were born out of the same source of inspiration. In short, Joy and Joy Revisited serve as two expressions of the feelings experienced by one expectant father (who happens also to be a composer) on one wonderfully anxious and exciting day. 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, 2 Trombone 1, 3 Trombone 2, 3 Trombone 3, 3 Euphonium B.C., 2 Euphonium T.C., 5 Tuba, 2 Timpani, 3 Percussion 1, 3 Percussion 2, 3 Percussion 3.

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