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By Brian Balmages

Concert band - Level 4.5
Composed by Brian Balmages. Concert Band. FJH Concert Band. Full set (score and parts). Score only also available: B1283S. Score and set of parts. Duration 7 minutes, 30 seconds. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.B1283).

Item Number: FJ.B1283

This piece was commissioned for Elden and Wanda Moates of the Fannin County High School Band in Blue Ridge, Georgia. The piece has three sections, all dealing with different aspects of motion. The first, Perpetual Motion, includes the introduction with continually driving and overlapping rhythms. The second section, Locomotion, refers to the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, one of the well-known attractions in the area. The train route consists of a 26-mile round-trip and follows the beautiful Toccoa River. The music portrays the beautiful scenery on this peaceful journey, along with more powerful representations of the awe-inspiring views. As the second section ends, the train is heard leaving offstage before the piece moves into the final section, Commotion, which also includes the coda. A fugue is utilized, and as additional voices enter, the commotion builds, subsides, and builds again before concluding with the opening rhythmic motif and large blocked chords in the brass.

About FJH Concert Band

Designed for high school groups and upper-level middle school groups. Independence is encouraged, but many lines are cross-cued. Usually includes an expanded percussion section. Grades 3 - 3.5

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  • 2007-01-26 00:00:00.0 WOW!

    This is an amazing piece of music!!! The flutes start the "perpetual motion" and the melody is passed from section to section and changes but never stops. The second section "locomotion" sounds just like its name, and includes some great solos! The final section "commotion" again starts with flute, but...

    instead of being passed around the melody is built upon by the different sections, each adding its own unique quality to the song. After the section's climax, it reverts back to the "perpetual motion" section. This an awesome piece suitable for any intermediate/advanced high school band or higher level group. The only "bad" thing I can think of is that I walked around with this stuck in my head for a few weeks!!! :-)

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