An American Rhapsody (for Band)

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Publication #: SSP-09552

An American Rhapsody
(for Band)


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An American Rhapsody
 

 

"An American Rhapsody" by Mark Wolfram features strong, memorable melodies, fresh and unexpected harmonic twists, as well as stylistic, tonal and rhythmic variations that are sure to keep both the musicians and the audience thoroughly engaged.  While not a particularly "patriotic" sounding work, it is totally American in content and character.

After a rubato dialogue by a solo flute and clarinet, several more solo instruments as well as section brass enter as the texture fills out.  A gradual tempo increase leads to a quick pace as a punctuated underpinning supports a floating woodwind theme.  The tempo slows through a choral-like transition to a cakewalk feel. That section is followed by a smooth, melodic theme - first in subdued trumpets and then reprised by the full band.  Following an interesting counterpoint by the woodwinds, several solo passages follow as the work transitions through a harmonic kaleidoscope - and then finishes with a strong, well-developed fanfare, starting with brass and percussion and then adding the entire ensemble.

"An American Rhapsody" is a GRADE 5 band composition and highlights several solo performers as well as syncopated rhythms, varied articulations, sweeping melodies and contrasting dynamics. The duration is approximately 10:40.

A complete set of full-sized parts and a bound, transposed full score are included. Available only through this website from Sound Studio Publications. The instrumentation/parts distribution for each set is as follows:

4 - Flute 1
4 - Flute 2
1 - Piccolo
1 - Oboe 1

1 - Oboe 2
1 - English Horn
1 - Bassoon 1
1 - Bassoon 2
1 - E-flat Clarinet
4 - B-flat Clarinet 1
4 - B-flat Clarinet 2
4 - B-flat Clarinet 3
2 - B-flat Bass Clarinet
1 - E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
1 - B-flat Contrabass Clarinet

2 - E-flat Alto Saxophone 1
2 - E-flat Alto Saxophone 2
1 - B-flat Tenor Saxophone
1 - E-flat Baritone Saxophone
1 - String Bass
2 - B-flat Trumpet 1
2 - B-flat Trumpet 2
2 - B-flat Trumpet 3
1 - B-flat Cornet 1
1 - B-flat Cornet 2
1 - French Horn in F 1
1 - French Horn in F 2
1 - French Horn in F 3
1 - French Horn in F 4
 

2 - Tenor Trombone 1
2 - Tenor Trombone 2
2 - Trombone 3 (Bass)
2 - Euphoniums T.C.
2 - Euphoniums B.C.
4 - Tubas
1 - Timpani
3 - Percussion 1
 (Glockenspiel, Vibraphone
              & Tubular Chimes)
2 - Percussion 2 (Snare Drum & Tambourine)
2 - Percussion 3 (Bass Drum & Woodblock)
3 - Percussion 4 (Piatti, Suspended Cymbal
               & Triangle)
 
 

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