"Bicentennial Variations," Opus 25
West Point Band; conducted by Lieutenant Colonel Tod Addison
World Premiere, May 21, 2017; Eisenhower Hall, West Point, NY
"A festive concert overture in the style of a theme and variations, Bicentennial Variations pays homage to many of the musical greats in the English and Russian traditions while being firmly rooted in an American sound-world. The theme is introduced as an unaccompanied quasi-liturgical “cantus firmus” and is developed motivically, melodically, harmonically, rhythmically, contrapuntally, and antiphonally in styles such as chorales, fanfares, marches, and madrigals, among others. This celebratory piece is dedicated to the West Point Band on occasion of their 200th Birthday."
"Bicentennial Variations" is scored for piccolo, 2 flutes, oboe, English horn, 2 bassoons, E-flat clarinet, 3 B-flat clarinets, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, 2 alto saxophones, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, 3 trumpets, cornet, flugelhorn, 4 horns, 2 trombones, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba, string bass, timpani, and 4 percussionists (sharing snare drum, tenor drum, bass drum, djembe, crash and suspended cymbals, tam-tam, triangle, finger cymbals, tambourine, glockenspiel, vibraphone, handbells, tubular bells, and bell plate.
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