The Arizona Symphonic Winds premiered Mark Wolfram and Marilyn Harris' "Colonial Scenes" at their November 6th, 2016 Veteran's Day concert at the Catalina Foothills High School auditorium in Tucson, Arizona. Maestro László Veres and the band played to an enthusiastic packed house and Mark's arrangement of the piece was extremely well received!
Subtitled, "Music inspired by the American Revolution", "Colonial Scenes" was originally composed for a series of radio plays entitled “Independence Now!” Highlighting life and the drama of those turbulent times, the music underscored the writings of John & Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and many other notable heroes of the American Revolution. Upon the completion of the project, Mark thought that some of the original themes (written in the style of the last half of the 18th century) would make a wonderful medley for concert band. This arrangement combines 7 of those themes and fills them out beyond their original sparse orchestration.
While each is distinctly their own flavor, the themes used in this work flow from one to another smoothly, dramatically evoking that tumultuous chapter in our nation's history. From the crisp salute of fife & drums to the emotional letters born of separation and longing, the period-styled music highlights the many moods of the time, including the tension before battle and the march to war that culminated in the birth of the United States of America.
Somewhat programmatic, "Colonial Scenes" is a GRADE 4 concert band work which would fit aptly in any national holiday program, such as Memorial Day, Presidents Day, Veterans Day or the 4th of July. It features the themes of "The Piper's Pride", "Reading By Candlelight", "Fox Hunt", "Minuet", "On Tenterhooks", "The March to War" and "Sons of Liberty". The work has a duration of approximately 8:45.
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: