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Title: Portrait of A Clown
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Voicing/Format: Concert Band
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Composer: Ticheli, Frank
Catalog #: 329210
Grade: 2 Omea 2015 Jh/Ms B
Description: 63 Price: $80.00
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Portrait of a Clown is in ABA form surrounded by an eight-bar introduction and coda.
The melody in the A section, first appearing in the flutes and oboe, is derived from the first five pitches of the Bb Lydian scale: B flat, C, D, E natural, and F. It should be performed in a bouncy, happy manner, and should always predominate. The middle section is flowing and melancholy, but without a change in tempo. It contains two melodies, both marked "espressivo," and should always sing through. The return of the A section contains three statements of the Lydian melody: with a walking bass in the low woodwinds and low brass; with its inversion in the 1st trumpets; and with a countermelody in the woodwinds. A brief coda at letter K recalls the introduction, and brings the piece to a close.
The piece was scored in such a way as to permit performances by bands lacking sufficient depth in low woodwinds and low brass; therefore, those band directors who do have enough of these instruments should take great care in not allowing them to overpower the others.
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