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By Richard Meyer

Orchestra - Grade 3
Composed by Richard Meyer. Full Orchestra. Highland/Etling Full Orchestra. Conductor Score & Parts. 206 pages. Published by Highland/Etling (AP.18293).

Item Number: AP.18293

"Millennium," recorded this year by Alfred for the first time, was first released in 1998. Winner of the 1998 N.S.O.A. composition contest, this contemporary-sounding overture is extremely powerful and full of emotion from beginning to end. After a foreboding introduction, the heroic main theme is introduced by the brass section in unison, accompanied by the entire orchestra in a percussive, marcato style. A lyrical subordinate theme of extreme beauty follows, first stated by unison cellos, then picked up by the entire orchestra. The third and final section is a wild and energetic march, pitting brass against woodwinds and strings, leading into a final, majestic restatement of the main theme. Richard Meyer's colorful and imaginative scoring features every section of the symphony orchestra, resulting in a wonderfully mature-sounding, yet playable, 'tour de force' for the student orchestra.
Concert; Contest/Festival.

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  • 5

    Bethel Park, PA
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • 2008-01-13 00:00:00.0 Awesome full orchestra piece

    We're currently playing "Millennium" in the full orchestra I'm in, and I love it. The oboe I part is great and there's a nice solo as the song transitions into the slow section. The first section's theme is very heroic and uplifting; the second theme follows...

    with emotion and intense beauty. The third and final theme is the main theme pitting the brass against the woodwinds and strings.:] Good choice for orchestra:]

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