The Swashbuckler (A Concert March) for Band

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Publication #: SSP-11552

The Swashbuckler
(A Concert March) for Band


Listen to an MP3
of the Indiana Wind Symphony's
premiere performance:
(Dr. Charles P. Conrad, conductor)

View score:
The Swashbuckler
 

 

Whether on the high seas, at a distant archaeological dig site, in the forests of medieval England or even on a pirate star cruiser, the swashbuckler character - a loveable rogue - has long been a part of literature. The early Hollywood films of the 20th century established a visual archetype for this iconic character, complete with his own brand of music - flamboyant, exciting, swaggering, and yet always with a hint a whimsy. To this day these silver screen characters are often revisited and remain extremely popular.

"The Swashbuckler" (A Concert March) by Mark Wolfram embodies all these qualities - giving every section of the band an opportunity to metaphorically swing from a yardarm, duel with a sword, find a lost treasure and (of course) save a fair damsel. From its robust theme in the brass section to its sweeping woodwind passages, "The Swashbuckler" offers a refreshing alternative to the traditional march fare. Fanfare-inspired passages are contrasted with faux-fugal sections, complex and angular harmonic interludes, all puntucated with exciting percussion and unexpected timbral and tonal episodes.

"The Swashbuckler" is a GRADE 5 band composition and is is intended for high school, college and community bands. The duration is approximately 5:30. It's a wonderful way to open or close any concert - guaranteed to delight and engage the audience and enliven the performers.

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 - 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 Cornet 1
2 - B-flat Cornet 2
2 - B-flat Cornet 3
1 - B-flat Trumpet 1
1 - B-flat Trumpet 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 - Bass Trombone
2 - Euphoniums T.C.
2 - Euphoniums B.C.
4 - Tubas
1 - Timpani
2 - Mallets
 (Glockenspiel, Vibraphone
                                         & Tubular Bells)
2 - Percussion 1 (Snare Drum
)
2 - Percussion 2 (Bass Drum & Cowbell)
2 - Percussion 3 (Crash Cymbals
                             & Suspended Cymbal)
     

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and/or if you need additional single parts (available for $1.00 each).

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