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Key to Instrumentation

Since the customary numerical listing of instrumentation does not indicate clearly whether or not the piccolo, English horn, bass clarinet and contra bassoon are used, this catalog employs an asterisk to indicate that these parts are present and require extra players.

Thus: *3,*3,*3,*3 - 4,3,3,1 - timp. - perc. (3) - hp. - pf. - elec. bass - str.

Means: 2 flutes, 1 piccolo, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contra bassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, timpani, 3 percussion (in addition to the timpani), harp, piano, electric (or amplified acoustic) bass and full string section.

At the bottom of each listing the following information is provided:

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Solo with Orchestra (Concerti)

Can This Be Man
A Music Drama for Violin and Orchestra

*3,2,*3,2 - 4,3,2,1 - timp. - perc.(3) - hp. - str. - Solo Violin

A major work for Violin and Orchestra dedicated to Holocaust Survivors.

See Program notes

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Hear a complete performance

Classics

37:00


Capriccio di Niccolo
Variations on a theme of Paganini for Trumpet and Orchestra

*3,*2,*3,2 - 4,3,3,1 - timp. - perc.(3) - hp. - str. - Solo Bb Trumpet

Commissioned by Doc Severinsen and premiered with the Boston Pops in May, 1995. The Capriccio includes 10 variations in different styles from the virtuosic to the seductive, finishing with a blazing tarentella that never fails to bring the house down.

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Also available for Trumpet and Piano

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Light Classics, Pops

12:00 - 20:00


Capriccio di Niccolo
Variations on a theme of Paganini for Euphonium and Orchestra

*3,*2,*3,2 - 4,3,3,1 - timp. - perc.(3) - hp. - str. - Solo Euphonium

A New addaption of the work for trumpet and orchestra written for Doc Serverinsen. See above.

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Also available for Euphonium and Piano

Light Classics, Pops

12:00 - 20:00


A Carmen Fantasy for Double Bass and Orchestra

*2,*2,*2,0 - 0,0,0,0, perc.(2) - hp. - pf. (alt. celesta) - str. Solo Double Bass

Written for one of the great string players of our time, François Rabbath, the Carmen Fantasy is a major work in 5 parts - Prelude, Aragonaise, Micaela's Aria, Toreador Song and Bohemian Dance.

Also available for Double Bass and Piano

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Red Mark CD 9204

Classics, Light Classics, Pops

25:00


A Carmen Fantasy for Trumpet and Orchestra

*3,*3,*3,2 - 4,3,3,1 - timp. perc.(4) - hp. - pf. (alt. celesta) - str. Solo Bb Trumpet

This Carmen Fantasy was written to showcase Doc Severinsen in a recording with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. The Telarc album Trumpet Spectaculars was in the top 10 on the Billboard charts for 28 weeks during 1990. The work is in four parts: Prelude, Aragonaise, Intermezzo and Habanera. If you have a brilliant trumpeter in your orchestra whom you would like to feature Carmen is a sure winner.

Also available for Trumpet and Piano with optional double bass and percussion

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Telarc CD: Trumpet Spectacular
demo: CD 9210

Light Classics, Pops

12:30

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A Carmen Fantasy for Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra

*3,2,*3,*3, - 4,3,3,1 - timp. perc.(2) - hp - str.
Solo Group: trumpet - Reed 1: alto sax, soprano sax, flute, alto flute, piccolo -
Reed 2: baritone sax, alto sax, clarinet - trombone - piano alt elec. piano -
bass alt elec. bass - drums - percussion

Six movements freely based on Bizet's Carmen:

  1. Verse to the Toreador Song
  2. Prelude to Act 1
  3. Aragonaise
  4. Intermezzo
  5. The Dragons of Alcala
  6. Habanera
As did the others before him, composer Frank Proto uses the musical and dramatic ideas of Carmen as the basis of this new jazz treatment. He respects Bizet's material, making sure that the original melodic and harmonic ideas are kept intact at least in their initial presentations. And he uses devices that suggest the opera's steamy Savillian setting - note the trumpet fanfare and street shouts in the Prelude to Act 1, the orchestral mist that envelopes the Intermezzo, and the hot Latin flavor that touches everything.

QCA 364
Demo Recording

Light Classics, Pops

30:00


Concertino for Percussion and Strings

Solo percussionist: vibraphone, triangle, gourd, full drum set including 5 different pitched tom toms, suspended cymbals, splash cymbal, hi hat, snare dr., bass dr., - stgs.

The Concertino is a three movement work that introduces the youngsters to some of the more modern sounds being heard today in a context that is fairly familiar to them. It also provides a complete change-of-pace from what is usually heard on youth concerts.

Commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Special requirements: The soloist must be an imaginative mallet player in addition to being a first rate drummer.

Classics, Young People

8:30

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Concerto for Cello and Orchestra

*4,0,*3,0 - 4,3,3,1 - timp - perc. (4) - hp - pf. (alt. celesta) -
tape (supplied with parts) - str. - Solo cello

Commissioned for cellist Peter Wiley and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Special requirements: A good contemporary sound system.

See review

To Feature Presentation

Classics

30:00

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Concerto No. 1 for Double Bass & Orchestra

*3,*3,*3,*3, - 4,3,3,1 - timp - perc.(3) - hp - pf - celesta - str - Solo double bass

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Classics

25:00


Concerto No. 2 for Double Bass & Orchestra

*4,*1,*4,0 - 4,3,3,1, timp. perc.(4) - hp - pf. alt. celesta - str. - Solo double bass

Commissioned for François Rabbath and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Special requirements: A good contemporary sound system.

See review

Red Mark CD 9204

Classics

35:00


Concerto No. 3 for Double Bass & Orchestra

Four Scenes After Picasso

*2,2,*2,1 - 0,0,0,0 - perc.(2) - hp - pf. alt. celesta - str. - Solo double bass

See review
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Red Mark CD 2001-P

Classics

28:00


Concerto in One Movement
for Violin, Double Bass and Orchestra

2,*3,*4,*3 - 4,3,3,1 - timp - perc.(4) - hp - pf alt. celesta - str - Solo violin, Solo double bass

Commissioned by Thomas Schippers for Ruggiero Ricci, Barry Green and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

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Classics

14:00


Concerto No. 1 for Saxophone and Orchestra

*4,*3,*4,*3 - 4,3,4,1 - timp - perc. (5)- hp - pf alt celesta - str. - Solo baritone saxophone

Commissioned by Gerry Mulligan

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Classics

25:00

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Concerto No. 2 for Saxophone and Orchestra

*2,*2,*2,*2 - 2,2,0,0 - timp - perc. (2) - hp -str. - Solo alto (alt. soprano) saxophone

Commissioned by The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra

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Classics

28:00

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Divertimento for Cello and Orchestra

*3,2,*3,2 - 4,3,3,1 - timp - perc. (3) - hp -str. - Solo cello

Classics

17:00

To Special Presentation


Fantasy for Double Bass and Orchestra

*2,0,0,0 - 0,0,0,0 - perc.(4) - hp - pf - str - Solo double bass

Commissioned by the Houston Symphony Orchestra for François Rabbath.

Special requirements: Dombec or tabla player who can improvise.

Also available for Double Bass and Piano

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Red Mark CD 9204

Classics

14:00


The Four Seasons
for Tuba, Percussion and Strings

Tuba - Solo percussion: glockenspiel, vibraphone, bass drum, bongos, crotales, triangle, cymbals, full drum set - tape (in Summer only) - supplied with parts - strings.

Played in its entirety, the work showcases this unusual duo in a quasi concerto format. In four main sections: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter the soloists are presented in every possible way from the most singing lyrical to the most demanding virtuoso. The most popular sections for Young People's Concerts are Autumn and Winter. They offer the most contrast in musical style and mood. Asking the children to close their eyes and try to imagine which season they are "hearing" usually assures attentiveness and guarantees a lively discussion after the performance.

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Classics, Young People

Spring: 5:20
Summer: 9:00
Autumn: 7:00
Winter: 6:45


The New Seasons - Sinfonia Concertante
for Tuba, Percussion, Flutes and Strings

Tuba, 2 Percussionists, 4 Flutes, Strings

An elaborate showcase for the solo tuba and two versatile percussionists. The work is in three movements, each lasting between 8 and 10 minutes, Part two also features an extended improvisation for solo (jazz) double bass, cello and drum set. For Young People concerts a very good introduction to "alternative" contemporary sounds not usually associated with orchestral music.

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Classics, Young People

7:00 - 30:00


Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra

*3,2,2,2 - 4,3,3,1 - timp - perc (3) - amplified solo d. bass - hp - pf alt. celesta - str. -
Solo Bb Clarinet

Commissioned by Eddie Daniels

Special requirements: Jazz bassist and drummer.

Classics, Light Classics, Pops

15:00


Sketches of Gershwin

Solo Clarinet - strings.

Composed especially for Clarinet virtuoso Eddie Daniels, Sketches is a concertino in three movements for Bb Clarinet and String Orchestra. It is dedicated to George Gershwin for his 100th birthday.

Complete Performance - DVD/CD

Classics,
Sophisticated Pops or Jazz

14:00 - 15:00


Three Pieces for Percussion and Orchestra

*4,*4,*4,*4, - 4,4,3,1, timp - perc.(4) - hp - pf alt. celesta - str.

A "Concerto" for four solo percussionists. Commissioned by Marion Rawson for the percussion section of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

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Demo Recording

Classics, Young People

19:00

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Viva Lucero!
Concertino for Castanets and Orchestra

*2,2,*2,1 - 0,1,0,0, - perc (2) - str. - Solo Castanets

Written for Spanish Castanet virtuoso Lucero Tena

demo

Classics, Light Classics, Pops

12:00



Other Orchestral Music

An American Overture

3,2,2,2 - 4,2,3,1 - timp. - perc.(3) - hp. - pf. (optional), - str.

A bright program opener featuring an antiphonal type fanfare for the two trumpets and a romantic horn solo on the American Folk song Swing Low Sweet Chariot.

Demo CD 9210

Pops, Light Classics

9:30

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Casey At The Bat
An American Folk Tale for Narrator and Orchestra

*3,*3,*3,*3 - 4,3,3,1 - timp. - perc. (4) - hp. - pf. elec. bass, compact disc (supplied with parts) - narrator - str.
(Playable with: *2,2,2,2 - 4,3,3,1 - timp. - perc.(2) - pf. elec. bass, compact disc (supplied with parts) - narrator - str.)

An elaborate setting of Thayer's famous poem featuring live crowd and electronic sounds (via CD) and a brilliantly orchestrated score. Ideal for a sports figure, actor or singer.

Since its premiere by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1973, Casey has become a staple on Pops Concerts throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Two commercial recordings of the work are currently available: The Cincinnati Symphony conducted by Erich Kunzel with Johnny Bench performing the narrator part, and the Philly Pops, conducted by Peter Nero, with Tug McGraw as narrator.

Special requirements: A good swinging rhythm section (piano, amplified or electric bass and drums). A strong jazz trumpet player who can improvise on the Blues. A compact disc player and a good sound system.

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Demo CD 9210

Pops, Light Classics, Young People

12:30

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The Dalí Gallery

*3,*3,*4 (Contra Bass Clar),*3 - 4,3,3,1 - timp. - perc. (4) - 2 hp. - pf. (+ cel) - str.

A colorful, 6-movement, quasi Concerto for Orchestra on paintings of Salvador Dalí.

Please See Our Special Presentation
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Demo Recording CD 9210

Subscription

25:00


Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts - Ballet

*1,*1,*2,1 - 2,2,1,1 - perc (2) - hp - pf - str - tape (supplied with parts)

Full length ballet 1976.
See: Suite from the Ballet, A Portrait of Stephen Foster for concert performances

Ballet

40:00


Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts - Suite from the Ballet
A Portrait of Stephen Foster

3 (3 alt. picc.), 3 (3 alt. Eng. hn.), 3 (3 alt. bass cl.), 3 (3 alt. contra bsn.) -
4,3,3,1 - timp. - perc. (3) - hp. - pf. (alt. celesta) - elec. bass - str.

An orchestral show piece based around five of Stephen Foster's most popular melodies:

  1. I Dream of Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair
  2. Katy Bell
  3. Beautiful Dreamer
  4. Camptown Races
  5. Gonna' Run All Night

The score is constructed so that it may be played completely as written or one selection at a time. There are featured solos for the principal cello and trombone. There are also two improvised solos, one for a jazz trumpet and one for any other jazz player (trombone would be best).

Special requirements: A good rhythm section, a jazz trumpet player, a jazz trombone player.

Demo Recording

Light Classics, Pops

21:00

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Dialogue for Synclavier and Orchestra

*3,*3,*3,*3 - 5,3,3,1 - timp - perc (5) - hp - pf - str

An elaborate, high tech collaboration between traditional - live and synthesized - computer generated music.

Special requirements: Synclaiver Digital Music System and a high quality, contemporary sound system.

To Feature Presentation

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demo

Classics, Young People

40:00


Doodles, An Introduction to the Orchestra

2 (2nd alt. picc.), 2,*3,2 - 4,2,3,1 - timp. - perc. (2) - hp. - pf. - solo bass (opt. elec. or amplified) - str.
Playable with: 2,2,2,2 - 2,2,0,0 - perc. (1) - pf. solo bass (opt. elec. or amplified) - str.

Doodles is a very special piece for very young listeners. Its purpose is to have the youngsters meet the individual members of the orchestra via a game that can be played in several ways. While the piece can be used in the normal concert hall, it is also very suitable for an in-school environment - a small auditorium, gym, etc. where the audience is in close proximity to the orchestra.

The music itself is a group of variations on Yankee Doodle. There is a variation and in some cases several variations, for almost every instrument that is normally found in the modern orchestra.

The game works as follows: The conductor (or narrator) asks something like "Does anyone have a particular player that he would like to meet?" or "Who has a favorite instrument that he would like to hear?" He then picks one child or a small group of children and escorts them (or has them escorted) to the particular player (or section) that he has chosen. That player (or players) then stand up (if practical) and plays his variation (his Doodle).

Another way to play the game is for the conductor (or narrator) to choose the various instruments or players by asking something like "Who would like to meet the piccolo player?" This usually leads to a better balanced selection of instruments, styles and tempos, since he knows which of the variations are slow, fast, happy, sad, etc.

The variations are in many different styles and moods. Some are on the jazzy side and utilize a rhythm section (piano, bass and drums). Others may be in the form of a duet or trio. Each variation takes from 30 to 60 seconds and the piece may be used for up to 30 minutes or more. Finally there is a two-chorus arrangement of Yankee Doodle which can be played by the orchestra alone or used as an "All Sing" with the children.

Doodles has become a "work-in-progress." It was revised in 1987 after so many requests for additional variations were received from different orchestras that the entire score was re-worked.

In 1994 Doodles was changed again with the addition of Doodles II.

Doodles II allows the children to become the composer and/or orchestrator. Each section of the orchestra has the melody in four different keys cued in the parts. There is also a simple accompaniment for each section (also in four different keys) provided. The children are asked to pick an instrument or a section or a group of unrelated instruments to play the melody. They are also asked to choose the section that should accompany the melody. As in Doodles (I) the conductor or narrator can suggest or help along until the children get the hang of it. Needless to say, requests such as the timpani playing the melody with pizzicato strings or brass or some other unusual assortment of instruments doing the accompaniment - in a totally unrelated key - becomes very popular.

Doodles II also has another new section. The children are played a particular musical phrase and are asked to clap their hands in rhythm every time that phrase is played. The phrase is played in some easy to hear predictable ways but it is also played in some very unusual ways so the audience will really have to pay attention to get it right.

Doodles and Doodles II can be used for an entire program or just for 10 or 12 minutes.

Suitable for: Elementary and Jr. High School grades.

Demo Recording

Young People highly recommended

8:00 - 30:00

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Early Evening

3 (2nd alt. picc.), 2,2,2 - 4,3,3,1 - perc. (3) - hp. - pf. (alt. celesta) - elec. bass - str.
Note: Parts are cued so that the orchestra may be reduced to:
2,2,2,2 - 2,2,1,0 - perc. (2) - pf. - elec. bass - str.

A gentle modern waltz - "change-of-pace" selection. Short solos for the first horn and first flute. There is also an improvised jazz solo for either a muted brass instrument, woodwind or piano.

Special requirements: A good rhythm section.

Pops demo #2

Pops

5:00


Fanfare and Dance

*3,2,2,2 - 4,3,3,1 - timp. - perc. (3) - hp. - pf. - elec. bass - str.
Note: The parts are cued so that the orchestra may be reduced to:
2,2,2,2 - 2,2,1,0 - timp. - perc. (2) pf. - elec. bass - str.

This work may be used as a program opener, a featured selection within or a program closer. The Fanfare features the brass, first alone, then with the full orchestra. The Dance is a bright Jazz/Pop bossa nova with optional space for two improvised solos. Trumpet and piano are suggested, but other suitable instruments may be used. The coda is a return to the opening Fanfare with the work closing with a brilliant flurry of solos by the drummer along with the entire orchestra. The score has several possible cuts noted. Either one of the improvised solos may be cut or lengthened.

Special requirements: A good rhythm section and at least one good jazz player who can improvise.

Pops, Young People

4:00 - 9:00


Fanfare for a Festive Occasion

*3,3,*3 (3: Eb), 2 - 4,4,3,1 - timp. - perc. (4) - hp. - str.

Commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for the opening of its new summer home - Riverbend. A big, bright sounding fanfare in the traditional style. Especially suitable for contemporary pops concerts.

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Pops demo #2

Pops, Light Classics

1:00

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Fantasy on the Saints

*3,*3,*3,*3 - 4,3,3,1 - timp. - perc. (4), hp. - pf. (alt. celesta) - elec. bass (optional) - str.

An elaborate four-part setting of When the Saints go marchin' in. Featured are the first oboe in a "Tunis" (Ports of Call) sounding solo and the horn section. The finale has a drum cadence that features the entire percussion section and an optional Jazz section that can be stretched out into a quasi (Dixieland) Jam session if there are any strong jazz players in the orchestra. The Saints is one of the most popular pieces in our library and has become a favorite first half and program closer on many Pops Concerts around the country.

Special requirements: A good swinging drummer.

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Demo Recording CD 9210

Pops, Young People

8:00 - 12:00

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Fiesta Bayou and Kismet

*3,*3,*3,*3 - 4,4,3,1 - timp. - perc. (4), hp. - pf. (alt. celesta) - amplified bass - str.

Commissioned by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. A jazz-based orchestral showpiece with 2 alternate endings. Featured solos for the first clarinet, solo trumpet, first trombone, amplified bass, tuba.

First prize winner of the 2006 New Orleans International Composer Competition.

Special requirements: An drummer capable of playing in different styles, a lead jazz trumpet player, an improvising jazz bassist.

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Light Classics, Sophisticated Pops

12:00


Flight of the Trapeze

*3,*3,*3,*3 - 4,3,3,1 - timp. - perc. (4) - hp. - pf. (alt. celesta & elec. pno.) - elec. bass - str.

Commissioned by Doc Severinsen. A richly orchestrated free fantasy based on The Man on the Flying Trapeze. Featured solos for the first horn, first oboe and harp. There is also a Jazz / Rock section featuring the drummer, percussion section and a brass player who can improvise.

Special requirements: A good rhythm section and at least one strong brass (trumpet would be best) player who can play jazz.

Demo Recording

Pops, Young People

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Ghost In Machine
An American Music Drama for Vocalist, Narrator and Orchestra

*3,*3,*4,*3, - Sop. Sx alt Ten. Sx - 4,4,4,1 - timp. - perc (5) - Bjo - hp - pf (2) alt. celesta - str - Male Actor - Female Vocalist (actress)

Text and Lyrics by John Chenault. Commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for it's 100th anniversary season. World Premiere featured vocalist Cleo Laine and Actor Paul Winfield

Special requirements: Jazz trumpet, trombone, sax, piano.

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Demo Recording CD 9207

Classics

70:00


Hamabe No Arashi

*3,*3,*3, 2 - alto sax (opt.) - 4,3,3,1 - timp. - perc. (3) - hp. - pf. alt. celesta - elec. bass - str.

Hamabe No Arashi is special piece commissioned for the Cincinnati Symphony's 1990 tour of Japan. The title means "Storm at the Seashore". Hamabe is based around the well-known Japanese folk song Hamabe No Uta (Song of the Seashore). UPI described the piece as one of the surprise hits of the tour....."the normally reserved Japanese audience was transformed and reacted with thunderous applause after every performance." Arashi is a lively, jazz-inspired, virtuoso-orchestra work. It's an ideal piece to open or close a concert.

Special requirements: An exceptional rhythm section especially the drummer and at least one good jazz brass or wind player.

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Demo Recording CD 9210

Pops, Light Classics, Young People

6:30 - 8:00

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Hawaiian Holiday

*3, 2, 2, 2 - 4,3,3,1 - timp. - perc. (4) - hp. - pf. alt. celesta & elec. pno - elec. bass - str.

Hawaiian Holiday is a medley of three famous Hawaiian songs: Lovely Hula Hands, Hawaiian War Chant and Aloha Oe (Farewell To Thee). The trumpet section of the orchestra is asked to shine beginning romantically with a first trumpet solo in Lovely Hula Hands followed by an optional ³shout and answer² routine in the War Chant. The percussion section is also featured in this section with the drummer playing a featured roll. A quasi Gospel version of Aloha Oe brings the piece to a big close.

Special requirements: A good rhythm section and a strong lead trumpet player.

Pops

7:00 - 9:00


The Maid with the Flaxen Hair(La fille aux cheveux de lin)
C. Debussy - arr. Proto

String orchestra.

A calm change-of-pace arrangement of Debussy's popular melody. Scored for strings only.

Pops, Light Classics

3:30


My Name is Citizen Soldier
for Narrator and Orchestra

3 (all alt. picc.),*3,*3,*3, alto sx. - 4,3,3,1 - perc. (4 - includ. timp.) - hp. - pf. str. effects (CD supplied) - Narrator (actor)

Text by John Chenault. Commissioned by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the orchestra and to commemorate the opening of the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans. The world premiere performance featured Actor Paul Winfield.

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Demo Recording CD-R 0058

Classics

42:00


Nine Variants on Paganini
for Double Bass and Orchestra

*2,*2,*2, 1, 0,0,0,0 perc. (2 - includ. timp.) - hp. - pf. (alt. Celesta) str., Solo db
Optional Orchestration for: Solo db, Piano and Strings.

Nine spectacular variations for a virtuoso double bassist. Colorful Orchestration. Composed for and premiered by François Rabbath.

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Classics

20:00


Nocturne for Strings

String orchestra.

Classics, Light Classics

5:00


Overture to a Carnival

2 (2nd alt. picc.), 2 (2nd alt. eng. hrn), 2,2 - 4,3,3,1 - timp. - perc. (3) - hp. - pf. - elec. bass - str.
Note: The parts are cued so that the orchestra may be reduced to:
2,2,2,2 - 3,3,2,1 - timp. - perc. (2) - pf. - elec. bass - str.

An exciting, full-blown orchestral showpiece with a decidedly contemporary, Hollywood sound. Beginning with a lush, romantic introduction, it quickly becomes a brilliant, fanfare type feature for the trombones. The main body of the work is a fast Latin/Jazz samba. There is an optional, improvised solo for any good jazz player (trumpet, trombone, flute, piano etc.). Although intended as an overture to a Pops Concert the high energy ending makes this piece suitable for a first half or program closer.

Special requirements: A good rhythm section.

Pops, Young People

6:00 - 8:00

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Paganini in Metropolis
for Clarinet and Orchestra

1 Picc, 2 Fl, 2 Ob, 1 Eh, 2 Bb Clar, 1 Bass Clar, 2 Bassoons, 1 Alto Sax, 1 Tenor Sax, 1 Bari Sax, 4 Horns in F, 3 Trumpets in Bb, 3 Trombones, 1 Tuba, Timp., 4 Perc., 1 Amplified Bass, Pno, Harp., Strings, Solo Bb Clarinet.

A stylistically wide ranging showpiece for a virtuoso Clarinetist and Orchestra. Composed for and premiered by Eddie Daniels.

Special requirements: A good rhythm section.

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Demo Recording

Classics

20:00

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Paganini in Metropolis
for Clarinet and Wind Symphony

1 Picc, 2 Fl, 2 Ob, 1 Eh, 1 Eb Clar, 9 Bb Clar, 1 Bass Clar, 2 Bassoons, 1 Contra Bsn., 2 Alto Sax, 1 Tenor Sax, 1 Bari Sax, 4 Horns in F, 3 Trumpets in Bb, 4 Trombones, 2 Euphoniums, 2 Tubas, 5 Perc. (including Timp.), 1 D. Bass (amplified), Pno, Harp., Solo Bb Clarinet.

A stylistically wide ranging showpiece for a virtuoso Clarinetist and Medium size Wind emsemble. Composed for and premiered by Eddie Daniels.

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Demo Recording

Classics

20:00

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A Portrait of George

4 (2,3 & 4 alt. picc.), 3*,3*,3*, Alto Sax - 4,4,4,1 - timp. - perc. (4) - hp. - pf. - amp. bass - str.

An Elaborate setting of 5 Gershwin Songs: Our Love Is Here To Stay, Love Walked In, Nice Work If You Can Get It, A Foggy Day, Strike Up The Band.

Availability limited. Please contact Liben for details.

Special requirements: 6 exceptional Jazz players: Lead Trumpet (doubling Fluegelhorn), Alto Saxophone, Trombone, Amplified (Double) Bass, Piano and Drums.

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Commercial recording

Classics, Pops.

26:00 - 30:00


The Sea Beach Revisited

*2,*2,*2,*2, - 4,3,2,1 - 2 Alto Sax - 2 Ten Sax - Bari Sax - timp perc (3) - hp - pf alt. celesta - Tape (supplied with parts OR Synclavier - str.

Commissioned by the New American Orchestra (American Jazz Philharmonic), The Sea Beach Revisited is a large work that combines the forces of a jazz band with the orchestra. The brass and saxophone players should all be comfortable with jazz idioms.

The original version includes live Synclavier for sound effects and synthesized musical sequences. An alternate version substitutes tape for the Synclavier part. The tape format is 8 Track ADAT.

Special requirements: High quality, contemporary sound system.

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Classics

30:00


Shadowboxer - An Opera Based on the Life of Joe Louis

*2,1, EH,*2,1, - 2,2,2,1 - timp - perc (2) - hp - celesta - str. (On-stage Jazz Band: 2 Tpts, 1 Trom. Alto Sax - Ten Sax - Bari Sax - Bass - Drums)

Full length, two-act Opera. Commissioned by the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and the University of Maryland School of Music.

Special requirements: Vocal Soloists, Chorus, Multi-media effects.

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2:30:00


Solar Wind

*3,2,2,2 - 4,3,3,1 - timp. - perc. (3) hp. - pf. - elec. bass - str.

Commissioned by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra for their Young People's and Pops Concerts, Solar Wind has become one of our most often performed pieces particularly on Young People's Concerts. A richly orchestrated Jazz/Rock score, it can be used just about anywhere in a program. It is highly recommended as a program closer on Young People's Concerts. There is a jazz solo for almost anyone in the orchestra who has the ability. Best bets would be a trumpet, trombone, saxophone or electric piano. There is also a solo for the drummer and a featured part for the percussion section. Optional cuts are suggested if the piece is needed for the shorter time segments that are sometimes found on Young People's Concerts.

Special requirements: A good rhythm section, with an exceptional drummer. At least one good jazz player.

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Pops, Young People

5:00 - 8:00

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The Sounds of Strings

Strings

Commissioned by The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for its Young People's program.

The purpose of The Sounds of Strings is to introduce young people to the string section of the modern orchestra. The work is in three sections: The first consists of a solo cadenza by each of the four principals: violin, viola, cello and double bass.

The second section is a presentation of many of the different techniques that string players generally employ: maestoso, legato, staccato, sul tasto, tremolo, ponticello, pizzicato and harmonics. In the third section these techniques are put to use with five variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, starting simply with everyone playing the melody "maestoso" and gradually getting more and more complicated as each technique is brought into play. The piece is "modular" in that each variation or technique may be played in other than score order. The cadenzas do not all have to be used or they may be used last. The variations can be played straight through without a pause or there can be a pause with an explanation or discussion between each one.

Suitable for: Elementary and Jr. High School grades.

Demo Recording

Young People

6:00 - 12:00


Southern Breeze

2 (2nd alt. picc.), 2,2,2 - 4,3,3,1 - timp. - perc. (2 or 3) - hp. - pf. (alt. elec. pno.) - elec. bass - str.

A moderate, jazz flavored bossa nova. Featured solos for the first flute, vibes and electric piano. Another "change-of-pace" type score.

Special requirements: A good rhythm section.

CD 9210

Pops

4:00 - 6:00


Three Movements for Brass Choir & Percussion

0,0,0,0, 4,4,4,2, - euphonium - perc (4) - amplified double bass

Commissioned by Radio station WGUC (University of Cincinnati)

Special requirements: Jazz trombone.

Program Notes

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Classics

20:00

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Turkeyfoot - An Overture for Orchestra

2,2,2,2, - 4,3,3,1, - timp. - perc (1 or 2) - pf, - elec. bass - str.

Commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for their Young People's Concerts, Turkeyfoot is just as effective on Pops Concerts. The brightly orchestrated 6/8 Latin/Jazz score can be used just about anywhere on a program. It is highly recommended as a program closer on Young People's Concerts. There is an improvised solo for the piano but almost anyone in the orchestra who has the ability can join in. There is also an extended solo for the drummer.

Special requirements: A good rhythm section, with an exceptional drummer. At least one good jazz player.

Pops, Young People

4:00 - 6:00


Two Songs for Orchestra

*3,*3,*3,2 - 4,3,3,1 - timp. - perc. (3) - hp. - pf. (optional) - elec. bass - str.

The Two Songs are a contemporary sounding bossa nova and a romantic ballad featuring the English horn. Elaborate orchestration. Several possible cuts are suggested if the piece is needed for a shorter time segment. Particularly effective on more sophisticated Pops Concerts.

Special requirements: A good drummer.

Pops demo #2

Pops

6:00 - 9:00


Variations on Dixie

*3,*3,*3,*3 - 4,3,3,1 - timp. - perc. (3) - hp. - pf. (optional) - str.

An elaborate set of variations on the familiar folk tune from the expected piccolos, flutes and drum cadences to the unexpected violin cadenza and romantic English horn solo. Dixie has been revised from the original version so that any of the variations may be performed or cut depending on the concert time segment available and the skill of the orchestra soloists. An optional Dixieland jazz segment has been added. If the players are available it can be expanded into a full-blown jam session.

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Demo Recording

Pops

10:00

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The Voyage that Johnny Never Knew
Variations on an old American melody

*3,*3,*3,*2 - 4,3,3,1 - timp. - perc. (3) - hp. - pf. (alt celesta) - str.

Based on When Johnny Comes Marching Home, the work is indeed a "voyage". Johnny begins at home and visits some familiar places including Italy, Germany and even Baghdad before returning home via Hollywood. There are featured rolls for the solo cello, brass and percussion sections, an unusual "snake charming" oboe/English horn section plus a ³dueling² Tarantella for the first and second violin sections. Johnny is a "modular" piece. It may be played as written or it may be "put together" in various ways if a shorter performance is desired. Almost any of the variations may be cut. The score and parts are notated so that several different "versions" may be instantly tried at rehearsal with no previous preparation by the library. All instructions are printed in the score.

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Demo Recording

Pops, Light Classics

8:00 - 12:30

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Yesterday's News
A Satire for Jazz Band with Actors and Vocalist

5 Sx (2al, 2ten, bari) - 4 tpt - 4 tbn - pno - bass - dr - 1 prc - 2 actors - 1 female vocal.

A "performance piece" in which the band travels in time through the 2nd half of the 20th century both musically and socially. The band interacts both musically and dramatically with the 2 actors and vocalist to create a "surreal" atmosphere ranging from comedy to tragedy.

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Jazz Band Concert

40:00