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Dun-something Castle

by Clifton Jones

Key - F to Bb

Time - 3/4 to 4/4

Tempo - 1st section is Maestoso, 2nd section is Allegro Moderato, 3rd Section goes back to Maestoso.

Opening section in 3/4. Dotted Quarter rhythms in brass and most woodwind. Flute and Clarinet 1 have 4 sixteenth into a trill on beat 2 of each measure. As you approach the first fermata, there are ties across the barline in select brass parts.

Most other winds in unison dotted quarter 3 eighths m. 2 3 quarters Figure repeats a couple times
There is a B natural accidental in tuba, horn, trumpet(?), alto sax

About 12ish measures until fermata/caesura

2nd section is in 4. Middle section makes more sense than the tricky opening. Some strange chords and key signature notes in melody. Lots of Eb compared to the E naturals in the opening section. Lot of back and forth between tutti brass and tutti ww. Middle section is 2 distinct parts. Low brass takes over melody for the second half with trumpets and others playing "Rest 2+ 3-4).

The last Maestoso section is similar to the opening, but no key change. Stays in Bb and remains in 4. Half tied to eighth instead of dotted quarter this time. More sixteenths in the flute and 1st clarinet.

This piece has loads of places to get separated, lose track, or play "right notes" that sound wrong.

Lots of traps in this one. There is a section where some notes don't fit the chord? Flutes and clarinets have 16th note trill passage in the opening section

TC baritone does not match the BC baritone part during measures 38 - 45. The TC Baritone part doubles another instrument.


The trills happen in both the beginning Maestoso in F and the ending Maestoso in Bb and they’re the same pitches, so the trill note changes! Beginning they need to go from concert D to E nat. and the ending D to Eb…I had to show my flute kiddos the trill fingerings.

C-D = 2nd trill key (closest to end joint)
D-E = left 3rd finger
Bb-C= thumb Bb key
D-Eb= both trill keys

The clarinet trills are all in the staff and can trill between the regular fingerings


1. In the alto sax part there is a c-natural accidental tied across a bar line - students need to know the c-natural holds through the bar.

2. There are several concert e-flat to e-natural half-steps in the lower Reed voices.

3. There is a rhythm that will likely trip kids up. It's quarter-eighth-eighth-quarter, with the final quarter tied to a dotted quarter in the next measure, followed by three eighth notes. 1 2+ 3-e-e- + 3 + This piece is absolutely too hard for a level 4 piece.




by William Owens

Key - Eb

Time - 4/4

Starts with Flute, Clarinet, and Trumpet in measure 1, most other voices start in measure 2. First section starts with upper voice melody, quarter-quarter-dotted quarter-eighth (1 2 3ee AND), accompaniment part has dotted half - quarter note


Several places where parts enter on beat 2 after a quarter rest on beat 1. ESPECIALLY the trumpet parts.


Woodwind soli section with flutes starting on 3rd ledger line E flat. Ritardando into the fermata, appx. 3 measures prior to the cesura. Going into the fermata upper voices will have a whole note, lower voices have a half rest then half note, then a whole note fermata. Tubas have a Db right before the fermata. After the fermata the low brass start on beat 1, upper voices start on beat 4, then trumpets start on beat 2 of the next measure.


Dotted Quarter - eighth - quarter - two eight ( 1ee And 3 4 And) melodies in the faster section.


The d-flat happens in the euphs, tenor and bari sax, and bassoon. The final section has trumpets playing on beats one and 4, low brass will have melody. There are a few articulations (slurs) to be aware of and watch for. Students need to be very familiar with the E-flat pentascale. Sometimes it uses all five notes, occasionally it will omit one of the notes in the pentascale. Overall the piece is very playable, no real traps written. Stress dynamics in the beginning. Personal advice: Don't spend the first half of the time singing the piece, let the kids play it.

Begins Andante with lots of written dynamics.  Tempo change to Allegro following a fermata and grand pause.  Dflat concert accidental in Bassoon, Euph and tenor sax. 

Percussion:  Timpani, Bells, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Crash Cymbals, Triangle,
Suspended Cymbal

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