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"Seascape Sunset," Grade 2 concert band
« on: October 06, 2018, 07:05:50 AM »
From my notes:

“Seascape Sunset,” a Grade 2, depicts the rising and falling of the sea along a vast shoreline during sunset. This moving, legato work provides a unique teaching opportunity and perfect change-of-pace choice for a concert program. This piece highlights a band’s subtle abilities of control, maintaining a steady tempo, holding notes to their full values, blending, phrasing, and playing in tune. A director can broaden a band’s skills with this surprisingly challenging work.

Comments welcome. Thanks.

Score:
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MP3 playback file:
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Re: "Seascape Sunset," Grade 2 concert band
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2018, 09:09:45 AM »
Art ...

It's a winner ................ great challenging level 2 composition.

Sounds way more complicated ...... great for the kids!

Lovely thematic material and moving lines.

Mark

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Re: "Seascape Sunset," Grade 2 concert band
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2018, 07:05:18 PM »
Thanks, Mark!

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Re: "Seascape Sunset," Grade 2 concert band
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2018, 07:17:08 PM »
Art, I enyoyed listening to this piece and I think the title  fits well  with its mood. I don't know what constraints Grade 2 imposes but I assume it defines rather beginner level players. The piece however sounds quite "full-bodied" and colorful, as Mark points out.  I hear a nice melody and solid orchestration that makes it shine.

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Re: "Seascape Sunset," Grade 2 concert band
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2018, 05:59:58 AM »
At this level, band music typically has lots of doubling and little, if any, independence in musical lines and scoring. Yes, there are also constraints in scoring--limited interval leaps, clarinet 2 stays below the break, limited ranges for all instruments, key signatures up to four flats, easy key changes, and easy time signatures and tempi.

I wrote this piece as a change of pace from louder pieces. I also wrote it so that band directors had opportunities to teach some basic musicianship and ensemble skills. Playing quietly legato in tune is challenging at this level.

Art

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Re: "Seascape Sunset," Grade 2 concert band
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2018, 02:58:46 PM »

Art, I think you succeeded in making a fine level 2 piece with lots of opportunity for bands to practice good musicianship.
Loved the way it flows back and forth with the cresc. and decresc.

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Re: "Seascape Sunset," Grade 2 concert band
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2018, 08:36:39 AM »
Thanks, Morten!

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Re: "Seascape Sunset," Grade 2 concert band
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2018, 08:19:03 AM »
Art,

I can't speak to the pedegological aspects of the piece as am not familiar with the grade level rules but it is pleasant music.
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