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    Orchestral March: THE TITANS

    Hi folks,

    I've just completed a Sousa-esque march called The Titans. This is a mock up for orchestra but will be arranged for concert band and should receive first performance in summer 2006.

    There are some slight differences to the Sousa march form: the intro is modern, much longer than usual and slower, building accelerando to march tempo. The break strain appears only once near the end whereas normally it would be attached to both first strain repeats. The final da capo style repeat of the first strain is back in the original key instead of being in the key of the subdominant. Phew!

    The form is:

    Intro; A, A2; B, B2; C, C2 (trio); D (break strain); A, A2

    The harmony is in the best Sousa tradition (i.e. complicated ;-), building occasionally to four layers (melody, counterpoint, descant ornamentation, accompaniment).

    With the keys I basically threw caution into the wind here and just accepted whatever key we landed in, instead of trying to contrive 'easy' keys. More fool me: the intro starts off in Bb maj, modulates to D maj and the main shooting match departs in Ab major, modulating to Db maj for the trio. Heaven knows how bad the transposing parts are going to look!

    Here's the link:

    John Hawksley - The Titans.mp3 (4 MB).

    Percussion not GPO, everything else is though.

    Enjoy folks!

    -John

    PS - if you play it loud.... man :-)
    _________________________
    John Hawksley
    Composition & Arrangement
    http://www.hawksley.net/music

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    Re: Orchestral March: THE TITANS

    Excellent, John Hawksley...excellent! Stirring and well written contrapuntally!

    You must publish this one. I can hear bands all over the world playing it.

    Best regards,

    Larry A.
    Larry G. Alexander
    www.alexandermusic.com

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    Re: Orchestral March: THE TITANS

    That was very cool John!
    dp

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    Re: Orchestral March: THE TITANS

    This is very good! I like it a lot!! It makes me think of half-time Is it football season yet?

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    Re: Orchestral March: THE TITANS

    By the beard of Larry Alexander!

    Thanks guys (+ gal) you're quick off the mark - glad you liked it! Yep it's that sort of marching band style isn't it... the football half time band, yeah. Should sound great when we get the arrangement sorted out. Long road ahead :-)

    MM, y'know you are the absolute spitting image of a girl I once knew! I assume you weren't in England in the 80's

    Thanks again everyone
    -J
    _________________________
    John Hawksley
    Composition & Arrangement
    http://www.hawksley.net/music

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    Re: Orchestral March: THE TITANS

    I've never been to England so it's not me

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    Re: Orchestral March: THE TITANS

    Quote Originally Posted by moviemaestro
    I've never been to England so it's not me
    Good, otherwise I'd have some explaining to do

    -John
    _________________________
    John Hawksley
    Composition & Arrangement
    http://www.hawksley.net/music

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    John,
    awasome!!!
    great job!!!
    We hope to hear it with Gray new library-
    Best Roberto

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    Re: Orchestral March: THE TITANS

    As I told you in the chat, I enjoyed it! It will be stuck in my head for a while, Sir Horatio . . .
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
    My MP3s | My Melody Generator | my album
    "serious music" ... as if the rest of us are just kidding

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    Re: Orchestral March: THE TITANS

    Quote Originally Posted by beach
    John,
    awasome!!!
    great job!!!
    We hope to hear it with Gray new library-
    Best Roberto
    Hi Beach, Yeah me too.... want to ditch the strings and get saxes, tenor horns and euphoniums in there, proper concert band instrumentation. I'm sure the crew are working hard on it

    Sean; thanks for posting! Had a good laugh in the chat

    John 'Disney Parade' H.
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    John Hawksley
    Composition & Arrangement
    http://www.hawksley.net/music

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