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Analysis Of A Band Concert

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Jonathan Moules
Mr. P. Smallwood
MUSG 101 Sec 7196
December 4, 2017

Modesto Junior College Symphonic Band Fall Concert

Name: MJC Symphonic Band Fall Concert
Performers: MJC Symphonic Band
Venue: MJC Performing Arts Building
Date: December 4, 2017
Time: 7:00pm

The concert performed Fortress by Frank Tichelli, Parade of the Cliches by Livingston Gearhart, Military March by Ludwig van Beethoven and arranged by Berkowitz, Symphonic Prelude: Eternal Father by Elliot Del Borgo, Grand Serenade for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion by P. D. Q. Bach, and Galop by Dmitri Shostakovich. A major work for contest with the rhythmic excitement of a processional and an ominous sounding melodic quality. The orchestration is beautifully conceived and the percussion writing is ideally suited for younger musicians. The piece begins in the percussion very quietly. All three players should be in equal balance. It is crucial that the timpani be tuned precisely as indicated. The main idea of the piece, first appearing at measure 12, dominates this section. Careful attention to balance and intonation should be given to the low brass stating the idea. The "call motif" is developed canonically at the tritone, first as a two-part canon in tutti, then as a four-part canon by soloists. The soloists should be of equal balance. The "legato theme" is developed through several keys, and the entire section builds gradually from piano to fortissimo. The "main idea" is recalled at measures 83 - 87
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