La Suite Excentrique

Grade : 5
Duration : 11:45
$140.00
ZOMS-A023

This work is comprised of four movements. They can be performed collectively or individually. Tempos and expressiveness are clearly affected by how the conductor selects and/or prioritizes certain movements.

The 1st Movement begins as muted trumpets introduce a foggy, hazy view. The atmosphere of a whispering forest follows, concluding with a sudden, grandiose pause.

The Valse in the 2nd Movement is not bright or saucy like a Viennese waltz, but more Slavic [since I composed the last three movements in Warsaw, it inevitably became so] and somehow ethereal. After the trio, a melancholic waltz drifts towards an interrupted conclusion.

The 3rd Movement expresses abyssal solitude. The stillness suddenly quiets with the tolling of a bell.

The 4th Movement is framed with violent tutti in odd meter, like bouzouki music. The fierceness persists, warms up, then suddenly finishes with unison Major 7th bell tones.

A prominent structural element of the suite is “abruptness”, particularly in the conclusion of each movement. This aspect can be treated assertively.

Fl.1&2
Picc.
Ob.
Eb Cl.
Cl.1,2&3
A.Cl.
B.Cl.
S.Sax.
A.Sax.1&2
T.Sax.
B.Sax.
Bsn.1&2
Hrn.1,2,3&4
Trp.1,2&3
Trb.1&2
B.Trb.
Euph.
Tuba
St.Bass
Timp.

Perc.1
S.Dr.
4T-toms

Perc.2
Shell Tree
Cym.
T-tam

Perc.3
B.Dr.
Sus.Cym.

Perc.4
Carillon
Sus.Cym.
Cym.
Tri.
Vib.
Perc.5
W.chime
Mari.

Perc.6
Glock.
Vib.
Chime
Xylo.

Harp.1&2

Celesta
Piano

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