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2021 Sight-reading

Title:  Unknown

Composer:  Clifton Jones

Key:  F to Bb

Time Signature:  4/4 to 3/4

Style: Moderato to Allegro

2020 Sight-reading

Title:  The Overland Trail

Composer:  William Owens

Key:  Eb/Bb/Eb

Time Signature:  Allegro then Moderato

Fermata with cesura.  Then Bb that moves straight to Eb then fermata with cesura.  Accents scattered throughout the snare and brass parts. Accidentals throught, but no traps.  In "Western Style". Extremely playable.

4/4 throughout – the Main melody is (1 2ta 3ta – ta) (quarter - dotted 8th 16th – 3ta – ta) --- (quarter quarter quarter) Allegro – Eb (don’t go to fast) (A natural concert at MS 11) Ends with (one two te 3- ) fermata railroad tracks Andante – Bb WW exposed (quarter eight eight quarter quarter) At the end of this section there is a 4 bar key change back to Eb. Comes out of nowhere. But sounds good over all. Make sure you go over this several times. Big trap that will trip people up. There is no waring it is coming it just happens (MS 30) – ms (38) Allegro – Eb – starts with percussion playing 8th notes and builds the band from the bottom up for 2 ms. Then the melody in the trumpet comes in. Songs ends on (one ta – ta 3) Very western fill – percussion not hard. Has Sus cym, tri, bas , sn, timp, bells Trumpets lead the way. Flutes and clar follow. Low brass has (1ta rest rest 4) (rest 2 3-) then (1 2- 4) (1 2 3-)

More info: everybody plays the 1e+a, 2+ rhythm, including the tubas and low woodwinds.

Opening & closing tempo is moderato. Middle is rubato.

The phrase is spread between the voicings: 1e+a 2+ 1+ 2. Group 1 voicing is the 1st measure and needs to hand off to the 2nd group voicing in the 2nd measure. it's important to keep the phrasing even though it is juxtaposed.

2019 Sight-reading

Title:  The Overland Trail

Composer:  William Owens

Key:  Eb/Bb/Eb

Time Signature:  Allegro then Moderato

Fermata with cesura.  Then Bb that moves straight to Eb then fermata with cesura.  Accents scattered throughout the snare and brass parts. Accidentals throught, but no traps.  In "Western Style". Extremely playable.

4/4 throughout – the Main melody is (1 2ta 3ta – ta) (quarter - dotted 8th 16th – 3ta – ta) --- (quarter quarter quarter) Allegro – Eb (don’t go to fast) (A natural concert at MS 11) Ends with (one two te 3- ) fermata railroad tracks Andante – Bb WW exposed (quarter eight eight quarter quarter) At the end of this section there is a 4 bar key change back to Eb. Comes out of nowhere. But sounds good over all. Make sure you go over this several times. Big trap that will trip people up. There is no waring it is coming it just happens (MS 30) – ms (38) Allegro – Eb – starts with percussion playing 8th notes and builds the band from the bottom up for 2 ms. Then the melody in the trumpet comes in. Songs ends on (one ta – ta 3) Very western fill – percussion not hard. Has Sus cym, tri, bas , sn, timp, bells Trumpets lead the way. Flutes and clar follow. Low brass has (1ta rest rest 4) (rest 2 3-) then (1 2- 4) (1 2 3-)

More info: everybody plays the 1e+a, 2+ rhythm, including the tubas and low woodwinds.

Opening & closing tempo is moderato. Middle is rubato.

The phrase is spread between the voicings: 1e+a 2+ 1+ 2. Group 1 voicing is the 1st measure and needs to hand off to the 2nd group voicing in the 2nd measure. it's important to keep the phrasing even though it is juxtaposed.

2018 Sight-reading
 

Key: F
Time Signature: 3/4

Flutes and clarinets by themselves first 8 measures. 
Two fermatas.
Plenty of dotted quarter eighth rhythms. 
Percussion exposed after the second fermata. E naturals and A naturals throughout.

Thin scoring, exposed & isolated entrances throughout. This is the main challenge of the piece.
1st trumpets have to go up to high F# and G
Several instances of dotted quarter in one line against straight quarters in another
"Heartbeat" motif of te 1 (rest) (rest) te 1 in bass drum & timpani
Snare drum must maintain rhythmic integrity through ritardandos
Very pretty; actually a good piece of music
No accidentals that noticed

2017 Sight-reading

Piece: Breaking the Chains

Composer: Beck

Key:  Eb throughout, but switches to "keys of the moment" with accidentals

Time Signature:  3/4 throughout

Tempo:  Moderato through, with Molto ritardando in last two measures.  Quarter 8th 8th 8th 8th Quarter 8th 8th 8th 8th, with accents.

Notes:  Some Db accidentals, dotted quarter-eighth rhythms.  1unnnnn & Three

-goes back and forth between Marcato and legato styles

-Alto sax and flute take the lead in the legato section

-Trumpets have a really tricky entrances and it looks funny but when played makes sense. There are several cases where the trumpets enter on beat 3

-Lots of back and forth between exposed WW and Exposed Trumpet / Brass

-Starts marcato transitions into legato in the WW then back to Marcato with Accents

BUT….. It’s not accents like they need to be stressed they are accents that are needed to be separated…. Example Quarter note Half note rhythm needs separation…

-If you play it too fast you will not be able to get all the accidentals that are littered throughout  this piece. They are everywhere… B natural in low brass, Gb in trombone, etc.

-There are many ms in a row that have accidental after accidental then they place a (curtesy accidental) that could be confusing

-Percussion is well written but has the potential to be rushed if not careful.  Nothing hard in the percussion section of note.  They just have to count their rests and entry at the right time.

-I played it at a stately tempo … Slow is waaaaaaaay better than even a little fast

The hardest rhythm is dotted quarter 8th quarter…. 1unnn &

Over all this piece is super easy and will not be a problem if your kids can read.

2016 Sight-reading
 

Piece:  Cray Crook Creek

Composer:  Clifton Jones

Percussion:  Snare/BD/Crash and sus cymbals/bells/timpani (F, Bb, Eb)

Key:  Bb/Eb

Tempo:  Stately

Notes:  8th-16th-16th rhythms.  WWs have dotted quarter-eighth for 8 bars, then brass has same rhythm for 8 measures while low brass has melody.  Concert Ab's leading to Fermata with caesura before key change to Eb.  3/4 in Eb section.  Very straight forward and playable.

 

More info:  The eighth-sixteenth-sixteenth happens in the following rhythm, only at the beginning, and only in the Flute/CL/AltoSax Parts: 1-2-&-3-&-a-4 rhythm. Also, Trombone 1/Baritone has a minor (as in mode, not importance) response to the melody that is centered around g minor, going up to high Ds when they have the melody in the B-flat section. There are concert F-sharps written in saxophone and trumpet parts as you approach the fermata before the Eb-3/4 transition. E-flat section is very easy, however melody has a dotted quarter tied to an 8th, quarter, quarter rest, then another quarter pickup to the melody. Tripped up a few of my trumpet players. Low Brass has quarter rest-quarter-quarter rhythm after key/time change. Percussion has many rolls and flams throughout the piece.

2015 Sight-reading

Title: Appaloosa

Composer: William Owens

Percussion:  unknown

Key:  Eb/Bb/Eb

Tempo: Allegro/Andante/Allegro

Time Signature:  4/4 throughout

Notes:  Dotted eighth sixteenth is hardest rhythm. 1 2 uh 3 and and (syncopated rhythm after the dotted 8th/16th Very minimal accidentals. Melody is usually flute, clar, trumpet together or low brass/low reed together. Very well written.

2014 Sight-reading

Title: Highclere Castle

Composer: Clifton Jones

Key:  Bb to start.

 

Key of Bb to start. March style. Most prevalent rhythm is 1 2&3 4. 1/3 of way through has 2 measure ritardando (4 quarter notes, whole) ending with fermata and cesura. Switch to Eb. Legato. Rhythm stays same. A-natural accidentals. 2/3 of way through has 2 measure ritardando (same as before), ending with fermata and cesura. Switch to 3/4. Waltz style. Melody has 1 2&3 rhythm. Accompaniment enters on 2 (half note). Ends on fermata.