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Title: The Beethoven Machine
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Voicing/Format: Concert Band
Publisher: Colgrass Music
Composer: Colgrass, Michael
Catalog #: COL7
Grade: 2 Price: $90.00
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** Stanton's Staff Selection - 2004 **
Percussion and percussion effects are common from composers who are trained percussionists such as Michael Colgrass. The Beethoven Machine uses Sonatina in G treated in various keys, styles, and tonalities. Each time a variation is finished an interjecting, highly mechanical sound is used as the transition. The effect is like someone playing with the sonatina as a child plays with blocks; each time coming up with a new combination. The piece is written to showcase the woodwinds as a "children's orchestra" and the brass as an "adult orchestra". The woodwinds give a playful, youthful sound to the themes while the brass provide a more quintessential Beethovenesque style. A great piece to add some high school players to the junior high concert.
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