Score Library – Difficult by Ensemble Type

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Chorus Difficult

 

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Composer Theresa Wong

Xenoglossia

For Chorus with recorded track.  Duration: 6:15.

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A soundtrack to Jonathon Keats’ travel documentary for plants, ‘Strange Skies

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Composer Guillermo Galindo

Trade Routes

For Orchestra and Choir. Duration: 25:00



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This work for full orchestra, choir and spoken word represents a tour around a city in the United States and its diverse neighborhoods. Each section of the piece corresponds to a different neighborhood such Latino, African American, Asian, Middle Eastern, etc. The piece ends at night when a Vietnamese store owner closes shop and the streets become quiet. 

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Composer Lucas Floyd

The Christ Child Lay (a Christmas Carol)

For SATB, oboe and finger cymbals. Duration: 3:37



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G.K. Chesterton wrote his poem “A Christmas Carol” in 1900, and in 2012 I wrote my own Christmas carol, setting his text. I revised the piece in 2013 while studying with the great choral composer Conrad Susa. A strophic dorian melody seemed to fit the timeless mood of the poem. Finger cymbals give each verse a sparkle, and a shepherding oboe line weaves between the verses, finally joining the choir for the last stanza.

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Chamber Ensemble and Solo Works Difficult

 

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Composer Christopher Gainey

Dreamless Sleep

For Solo Cello. Duration: 6:00



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This piece for cello solo evokes a nostalgic longing for sleep that remains just out of reach. The title is taken from the poetry of Lord Byron: “The silence of that dreamless sleep, I envy now too much to weep.” 

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Composer Kurt Rohde

Four Remixes

For PIANO TRIO [vln, cello, pn.]. Duration:4:16

This remix of Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s classic “Rocket Man” is a sanguine, laid-back take of this much loved pop song. It is the third remix in a set of four for piano trio, the others covering songs of Joni Mitchell, The B52s and The Beatles.



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Jazz Difficult

 

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Symphony/Orchestra Difficult

 

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Composer Diane Wittry

Mist

For Orchestra. Duration: 16:30 minutes



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This exciting – and beautiful – new tone poem, written on the Island of Elba in the Mediterranean, where Napoleon was exiled, is meant to evoke a sense of early morning by the sea, which typically is misty there.

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The piece could be called impressionistic but it is not at all like Debussy’s La Mer, or Sibelius’ Oceanides. Harmonically, it is “centered around diminished chords” and the tritone. There is some aleatoric disruption of timing by the strings. A trumpet is used as “an antagonist,” its “haunting cry” meant to be “a reminder of things unsettled.” The orchestration includes unusual instruments and effects: large and small “rain sticks,” which are hollow and pierced bamboo pieces, water pans with actual falling water, and flutes and trumpets without sounded notes but with the sound of air blown through them, as well as wind chimes. There is a full complement of woodwinds and brass, harp, timpani, glockenspiel and suspended cymbal, in addition to strings.


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Composer Guillermo Galindo

Trade Routes

For Orchestra and Choir. Duration: 25:00



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This work for full orchestra, choir and spoken word represents a tour around a city in the United States and its diverse neighborhoods. Each section of the piece corresponds to a different neighborhood such Latino, African American, Asian, Middle Eastern, etc. The piece ends at night when a Vietnamese store owner closes shop and the streets become quiet. 

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Wind Band Difficult

 

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Composer Kenneth Froelich

Visionary 

For Wind Band. Duration:3:30



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“Visionary is inspired by the life of Apple co-founder, inventor, and entrepreneur Steve Jobs, who passed away on October 5, 2011. Upon his death, many in the U.S. – including myself – took time to consider the dramatic impact that Jobs’ technological innovations had on our daily lives. While listening to an interview discussing Jobs’ legacy, I was struck by the interviewees description of Jobs’ vision, who explained that Jobs didn’t so much create new technologies, but rather had the uncanny ability to take complex technologies and make them simple.

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Composer Ian Dicke

Flash Mob

For Wind Ensemble. Duration: 7:30

Flash Mob is inspired by the recent trend of large crowd performance art mobilized by social media. In a typical flash mob, participants organized through email, Facebook, or Twitter unsuspectingly converge on a public area and breakout into an unusual or entertaining activity. In 2006, nearly 4000 people silently danced in subway stations throughout London while wearing headphones connected to portable music devices. The first “international flash mob” on record took place in 2008 as thousands of participants in over 25 cities took part in the world’s largest pillow fight. The surreal experiences generated by flash mobs challenge the traditional boundaries between artist and audience and increase social media’s influence on art in the 21st century.



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Composer David Checketts

Three Dances for Band

For Wind Ensemble. Duration:10:00



A whirlwind of dance and sound! Three heavily contrasting movements –  polka – incantation and serpent dance – minute waltz contain rare solo opportunities for contrabass, clarinet, tuba and timpani.  Instrumentation includes harp, piano and a ton of percussion. A unique melodic, harmonic and rhythmic feast for the ears.

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Composer Andrea Reinkemeyer

Dos Danzas

For Concert Band. Duration: 9:45

These two energetic Grade 4 dances for concert band were written one-per-part to encourage independence and solos for all players (string bass part is optional). Tangential Tango explores the sultry side of bitonality. Gallo fino employs asymmetrical meters to support both meanings of the term.



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Composer James David

Octarine Spark

For Wind Band. Duration: 7:00



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Inspired by the “Discworld” novels by legendary British writer Terry Pratchett. The alternate reality of the magical Discworld has been a companion for generations of readers around the world. “Octarine” is the color of magic and sparks of this color are given off when a magical reaction takes place. Only wizards can see the “octarine” portion of the light spectrum. Through a musical pun, much of the pitch material is based on an ascending natural scale which contains eight notes (including the octave!).

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Composer Scott Watson

Aesop’s Fables

for Wind Band, with Narrator Duration: 10:00

Each of the four movements is a magical setting for narrator and band of Aesop’s legendary tales: The Tortoise and the Hare, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Dog and the Bone, The Wolf and His Shadow. Ken Laudermilch, in the PMEA News, writes: “What a sheer delight these wildly contrasting settings of the Fables are…The work has a very wide audience appeal — story lines and imaginative musical interplay…It is without a doubt the finest programmatic/narrative that we’ve ever come across for band!”



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http://youtu.be/C-zBikZSzCU


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Composer Martha Mooke - X-ING

X-ING

for 5-string Electric Viola or Violin and Concert Band Duration: 14:00

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X-ING is the intersection of sound worlds of electric viola (with electronics) and concert band. Along with crossing the sonic palette of strings, electronics and band, X-ING also crosses stylistic boundaries and invites both players and listeners to bring their imaginations and experiences to the table. The title was inspired by road signs such as Deer X-ING, School X-ING, etc. The three movements characterize three X-ING concepts: 1. Pegasus X-ING, 2. X-ING Over, 3. Double X-ING.

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