"Syncopation in Blue" (for Concert Band) is an original composition by Mark Wolfram. It was premiered by Dr. Alex Kaminsky and the VanderCook School of Music Symphonic Band at the 75th Anniversary of the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois on December 17, 2021.
Syncopation truly came of age in the era of Ragtime - but was made most popular in the Roaring 20s. From there on it was a staple of classical and popular music cultures, be it George Gershwin or Benny Goodman.
"Syncopation in Blue" (for Concert Band) employs all types of syncopation: on the beat, off the beat and even unusual melodic rhythms - all couched in a "bluesy" tonality. While sounding light and fun, this piece challenges even the best ensemble's grasp of style, articulation, precision and phrasing. At home in either a serious or "pop" setting, "Syncopation in Blue" (for Concert Band) is sure to be a favorite of audiences and musicians alike!
"Syncopation in Blue" (for Concert Band) is a GRADE 5 composition which has a duration of approximately 4:00.
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: