FULL ORCHESTRA

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INTERLUDE FOR ORCHESTRA

Interlude for Orchestra - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 7:20

Price: $60.00 

 

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Well-suited to high school or youth orchestras, this composition represents a major revision of one of my earliest attempts to write for orchestra, way back in 1966. Revisiting it after over 5 decades languishing in the drawer, I was shocked to find some surprisingly worthwhile material (please go to the "Read more about" link below). While it little resembles something I would write today, I managed to rework it into a legitimate and enjoyable piece of music--54 years in the making. Also available in a transcription for concert band.

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EXPANSIONS FOR ORCHESTRA

Expansions for Orchestra - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 5

Duration: 7:00

Price: $60.00 

 

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Expansions for Orchestra is written in an atonal contemporary idiom. The music uses tone clusters, dissonant counterpoint, and various aleatoric devices to build and release tension. Rhythm, color, and texture are stressed above melody and harmony.  The title refers to the way the music takes a few short motifs and, without using any of the common musical forms, develops or "expands" them into a complete composition.


The composition is in 3 sections, each building on the previous one:


1. Rather slowly 2. Faster, tense 3. Fast, frantic

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PAISANO SUITE

Paisano Suite - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 5

Duration: 19:00

Price: $80.00 

 

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The music of Paisano Suite was composed in 1982 for the Austin Ballet Theatre on a grant from the City of Austin. The resulting ballet was produced in February, 1983 under the title Ballabile, with choreography by ABT Artistic Director Stanley Hall.

This music was originally scored for a small pit orchestra, and it was only in 2012 that I shortened and re-orchestrated it to create this suite for full orchestra. Since the original title is a term used specifically for dance music, and the new version of the work is meant to be a concert suite rather than a ballet, I also re-titled it after the Paisano Ranch, in the central Texas Hill Country, where it was originally composed and which served as its inspiration.

The entire nearly twenty-minute suite is actually based on a fairly modest amount of musical material and the eight short movements are thematically all very closely related. The overall framework is highly unified in that way.

Scored for woodwinds, horns, and trumpets in pairs; 1 trombone, timpani, and strings.

 

The individual movements, with their locations on the audio track, are listed below.


1. Prelude          0:00
2. Scherzo         1:29 
3. Berceuse       
3:00
4. Fugue            5:43
5. Pastorale       7:38
6. Caprice          10:10 
7. Romanza      
12:00
8. Finale            16:36

Four movements of this suite are also available in a transcription for symphonic band titled Shades of Paisano.

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VOICES OF THE NIGHT

A NOCTURNAL FANTASY FOR ORCHESTRA

Voices of the Night - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 5

Duration: 9:00

Price: $65.00 

 

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This piece represents a revision and re-titling of a long-dormant composition that I wrote in 1977 and then shelved for over 40 years. I now don't recall why I wrote it and then abandoned it to obscurity without even copying the parts, but I suspect it was because I was too busy writing marching band arrangements.

Voices of the Night is in 3 parts: 1. a slow, moody introductory section; 2. a lively but somewhat dark rhythmic dance-like section; 3. a quiet epilogue based on the opening music.

 

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This composition is also available in a transcription for symphonic band.

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ARTHUR: KING!

Ballet in One Act

Arthur: King! - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 5

Duration: 30:00

Piano Reduction Price: $24.00

Orchestra Set (Full Score and Parts) Price: $145.00 

 

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ARTHUR: KING! is a ballet in one act written in 1979 and premiered in 1981 by Austin Ballet Theatre in Austin, Texas. It is based on the King Arthur legend and features a quotation of the Grail Leitmotif (based on the Dresden Amen) from Wagner’s final music drama, PARSIFAL. It is heard first at 13:00 and returns twice more. In this ballet, it is associated with Lancelot and his Grail Quest. Two prominently recurrent themes are associated with Arthur: the chorale-like theme introduced by the brass at 1:19 and the music which follows represents him as the almost-divine symbol of the nation. It is followed by a melancholy theme in the clarinets at 2:20 that represents his humanity and the the loneliness of his station. The duality of these two sides of Arthur permeates the entire score.

 

It is scored for woodwinds in pairs (with 2nds doubling on piccolo and bass clarinet), 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba, timpani, bells, 2 percussion, and strings.

 

The six scenes from the ballet are listed below, with their locations on the audio track.

1. Ensemble: Arthur's Court                                 0:00

2. Solo: Gueneviere, with Women's Ensemble    4:40

3. Solo: Court Jester, with Ensemble                   8:02

4. Ensemble: Arthur's Court, Lancelot               9:40

5. Pas de Deux: Lancelot and Gueneviere        18:58

6. Finale: Arthur's Court                                    24:43

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