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September 27th

Traditions & Fun: Great New Christmas Arrangements for Young Band

by Ken Tilger – Band Education Specialist – Each year in previewing the new band releases, we keep an ear out… read more

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Complete Works for Piano: ERIK SATIE

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist The three volumes of “Complete Works for Piano”… read more

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NEW: Bastien’s New Traditions, All In One Piano Course

Jane Bastien and her two daughters, Lisa and Lori, have written a new piano method called “New Traditions.” Written… read more

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Prelude and Pursuit
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Title: Prelude and Pursuit


Voicing/Format: Concert Band
Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing Corp
Composer: Sweeney, Michael
Catalog #: 04003185 Price: $55.00

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John Barnes Chance composed his landmark work for band, Incantation and Dance, in 1960 while in residence at the high school in Greensboro, North Carolina. Commissioned by the Union County (NC) Honor Band, Prelude and Pursuit pays tribute to this important composition and its North Carolina connection. A haunting chant-like theme played by the clarinets sets the tone for the slow section. Similar to Chance's work, the fast section begins with percussion instruments introducing thematic elements later picked up and developed by the winds. Intensifying rhythmic elements, as well as carefully controlled random playing effects, contribute to an overall sense of excitement and anticipation. Themes are woven throughout various sections of the band before the opening chant motif makes a brief dramatic appearance near the end. A great teaching tool for young players, Prelude and Pursuit also provides a rewarding performance experience. Dur: 4:50
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