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    Funeral March For Band

    I've arranged this work for Concert Band a Grade III level.
    What do you think?
    Gary

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    Re: Funeral March For Band

    I don't know about the subject material
    particularly... lol; but the complexity
    and difficulty of the arrangement would
    certainly seem quite suitable for that level.

    Best,


    David
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    Hi Gary,

    Nice orchestration on this one. The dissonance and resolutions and the tonal blending necessary for them will make this one a good exercise for concert bands.

    A personal opinion, and it may be a little biased from the mix, but it seems to over-feature the clarinets.

    I noticed a few things on the ending, if you'll permit me to make a few listener's suggestions:
    I think it needs a little percussion roll-off and cymbal crash at the end. Also, just for a better sense of finality, have you considered moving the final note on the first trumpet part from the fifth to the third of the chord?
    Definately a nice funeral march to listen to (oxymoron?)


    Reegs

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    Re: Funeral March For Band

    Thanks for listening Reegs,
    I probably do often feature clarinets since that's my instrument...My percussion is always a sense of frustration. I begin with 5 or 6 percussion instruments and I can't get them to sound in Finale & GPO. I struggle in figuring out how to get each instrument to sound. Soooo I just wind up with only tympani which is easy to get.
    Gary

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    It sure makes me think of a funeral. I like it very much. I would think that it could be performed at the level that you want.
    -Jay

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    Quote Originally Posted by garymosse
    I've arranged this work for Concert Band a Grade III level.
    What do you think?
    What is Grade III level? If I were a celebrity I wished that piece at my funeral This sounds good and I loved your counterpoints!! Sometimes I hear some Mozart-like phrase endings, good.

    Raymond

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    Re: Funeral March For Band

    Hi Raymond,
    In Music compositions, a difficulty level can be placed as to the level
    of difficulty.
    Level I is a first year band level
    Level II has more key/rhythm/range problems
    Level III is a mid-level difficulty: probably a good Jr High Band,
    Community Band. Smaller School band. More keys with changes,
    some syncopation, more rhythm variations, wider ranges.
    LEVEL IV & V increase each of the criteria, being on the college level
    of playing.
    These levels may vary according to some publishers' assigned
    value.
    p.s. This is mostly Mozart. I just made decisions about how to use it.
    Last edited by garymosse; 02-27-2007 at 02:52 PM. Reason: added comment

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    Re: Funeral March For Band

    Gary,

    Nice concert band work. Good solemn sound just the right thing for a funeral. It would be an interesting challange of discipline for band given the slow paced nature of the work.

    Quote Originally Posted by garymosse
    I begin with 5 or 6 percussion instruments and I can't get them to sound in Finale & GPO. I struggle in figuring out how to get each instrument to sound. Soooo I just wind up with only tympani which is easy to get.
    Gary
    I managed to get the percussion to work on instrument at a time. I write the percussion lines in treble or bass cleff and then slide a note up and down in pitch until I find the particular percussion sound that I am looking for. In some cases it is easier to assign one staff line per percussion instrument instead of multiple voices on a line, depending on the work. It is just a suggestion but I found it helpful for me to do it this way.

    Clarinetist....you would check out some of the solo works for clarinet that I have posted in the forum the past few weeks

    Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by garymosse
    Hi Raymond,
    In Music compositions, a difficulty level can be placed as to the level
    of difficulty.
    Thanks for the explanation. It still is a good piece, Mozart-like or not.
    Particularly I loved the modest use of volume (loudness).

    Raymond

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    Re: Funeral March For Band

    Thanks Gary,
    I've moved up and down †he staff looking for the correct sound
    on numerous works, but it's an accident if I get it tot work.
    I will give your suggestion a try.

    I have listened to your works for clarinet. I love the Gpo solo
    clarinert sound. It's not consistent thru the entire range, especially on fast runs, but that's often the case with live performances.
    I just posted the ADAGIO from Mozart's concerto. I changed the
    3/4 tempo to 6/8 based on how I used to teach it to my students.
    It's easier to count and feel the beats.
    Gary to Gary...

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