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Level 6

2022 Sightreading - COMING SOON!!!

Due to Covid-19 there is no Grade 6 sight-reading piece.

 

2021 Sight-reading

Due to Covid-19 there is no Grade 6 sight-reading piece.

2020 Sight-reading

Title: ?

Composer: Clif Jones

Key: ?

Time: ?

Tempo: ?

2019 Sight-reading

Title: Variations on a Jim Sudduth Hymn

Composer: Gabe Musella

Key: F, Bb and Ab

Time: 3/4, 4/4

Tempo: Espressive/march

FIVE TYMPANI!!

Beginning is in 3/4 in F concert.  Trumpets comer after count 1.  Mm 19 fermata

Then 3/4 in Bb.  WW 16ths then half.  Trumpet/Horn have a sfz and fermata

4/4 in Eb.  March Tempo.  Percussion soli.  Dotted 8th/16th rhythms.

Mm 65 key of Ab 4/4 - NO PREP INTO IT.  Dotted 8th/16ths.  Low brass quarter rest 8th-8th half then repeat

Ends on 1 rest 3 rest 1.

Also: 3/4 in F espressivo legato with Clarinets/ Saxes on the melody with Count 3 entrance very very playable ends with a fermata. Marimba part is busy and needs to be covered by a GOOD player. Marimba NOT Xylo or bells!!!!


3/4 in Bb moderato Flutes have 4 16ths and a half note pattern for 3 measures followed by 8 16ths and a quarter every 2 measures. Clarinets join with the same pattern. Melody is carried by horns and saxes in basic quarter eighth eighth quarter pattern. Ends with 1 measure of silence, no percussion nothing followed by trumpets alone with Fp fermata.

Ab March Patrol starts with snare bass for 1 measure followed by low brass on quarter note dotted 8th 16th 2 16ths eighth rest quarter pattern. Trumpets/horns/ clarinet 2 and 3 carry the melody but flutes and 1st clarinets have a 16th and 8th note pattern over the top of the melody. Moves to trumpet fanfare style with melody in the low brass and then back to the original melody/counter for a recap. 

Relatively few accidentals and most of those are in the Ab section. 75 measures and very very playable. The melody is very musical but the accompaniment parts are sometimes nonsensical or tricky just to be tricky.

3/4 in F Espressivo style in beg Repetitive marimba 16th pattern in beg 3/4 in Bb Moderato tempo; flute 16th note exposed lick in beg and then add clar 1, then all clarinets 4/4 in Ab Patrol March tempo Quarter, dotted 8th/16th, 2 16ths, 8th rest, quarter or 2 8th notes - throughout ... it starts in low winds 16th note 8th note melody in flute, oboe, and clar 1.  Is only 75 measures long.  Very playable

More info from a director:

3/4 in F espressivo legato with Clarinets/ Saxes on the melody with Count 3 entrance very very playable ends with a fermata. Marimba part is busy and needs to be covered by a GOOD player. Marimba NOT Xylo or bells!!!!

3/4 in Bb moderato Flutes have 4 16ths and a half note pattern for 3 measures followed by 8 16ths and a quarter every 2 measures. Clarinets join with the same pattern. Melody is carried by horns and saxes in basic quarter eighth eighth quarter pattern. Ends with 1 measure of silence, no percussion nothing followed by trumpets alone with Fp fermata.

Ab March Patrol starts with snare bass for 1 measure followed by low brass on quarter note dotted 8th 16th 2 16ths eighth rest quarter pattern. Trumpets/horns/ clarinet 2 and 3 carry the melody but flutes and 1st clarinets have a 16th and 8th note pattern over the top of the melody. Moves to trumpet fanfare style with melody in the low brass and then back to the original melody/counter for a recap. 

Relatively few accidentals and most of those are in the Ab section. 75 measures and very very playable. The melody is very musical but the accompaniment parts are sometimes nonsensical or tricky just to be tricky.

2018 Sight-reading
 

Key:  F and Bb

Time Signature:  4/4, 3/4, 4/4

The piece can be broken down into three sections.  Begins in Concert F and 4/4 with a key change to Bb and 3/4 time for the middle (waltz section).  Third section stays in Bb but changes back to 4/4.  The piece is littered with accidentals throughout!

 

First section is fairly straight forward.  Biggest issue is the number of ties involved (this happens throughout the piece in multiple parts).  There are ties in numerous lines in the opening and closing sections.  The ties generally go from beat two to beat three, meaning there are lots of "te 4 te"  happening throughout the piece. 

 

There are a few small sixteenth note runs that happen in the upper woodwinds, horn, and 1st trumpets in the first and third sections of the piece, but they are playable.   He also throws in a triplet run in the upper woodwinds at the end of the first and third sections.  

 

The Waltz (second) section has a moving 8th note line that is covered in the 1st Flute, 1st Clarinet, and maybe 1st alto while the melody is being covered in the 2nd woodwind parts.  1st trumpets go up to a high Ab and have a sustained lyrical melody with ties that go across the bar line (kind of sneaky). 

 

The third and final section starts with a woodwind fugue with entrances every two measures and then he recaps everything from the first section of the piece (except now you are in Concert Bb).

 

It's pretty playable but has its traps.  Lots of accidentals and lots of ties!!!

2017 Sight-reading

Key:  F/Bb/Eb

Time Signature: 4/4, 3/4, 2/4

Tempo:  Maestoso and Tempo di Marcia/Andante/Allegro

Fanfare for the first couple of phrases, then it switches to "Tempo di Marcia" without a fermata or caesura. When this tempo change happens the low winds have a dotted-quarter-eighth rhythm and the snare drum is playing as well. This section is all march style with some accidentals. At the last measure of the march section everyone plays the first three beats then there is a rest on count four with a fermata over it. Next section is in Bb Major, 3/4 and Andante. First phrase is just woodwinds, second phrase is just brass, then I think one more woodwind phrase. Overall this section has a lot of small ensemble exposure. End of this section there is a fermata over a dotted half note. Next section is Eb, 2/4 and allegro. Here there is a 16 measure percussion break that starts with just snare who plays the whole time. Timpani plays for four measure starting in the fifth measure, then bells play the melody for four measures starting in the ninth measure, then timpani again the last four measures of the break. The end of the piece has some weird key/accidental things (Db's and Cb's) and modulates to something else at the end (sorry, I didn't have a chance to analyze it). Isolated wind notes with a timpani solo near the end. Overall there are quite a few accidentals and eighth-two sixteenth and two sixteenth-eighth rhythms. Beyond that it's pretty playable.

2016 Sight-reading
 

Piece:  Unknown

Composer:  Brian Beck

Percussion:  Unknown

Key:  Eb/Bb

Tempo:  Andante/Allegro/Jubilioso

Notes:  Andante - first half - key of Eb - clarinets have the melody most of the time. Clarinets pass the melody to flutes and saxophones at some point. LOTS of dynamic possibilities throughout this entire section. No rit. at the end of the andante section.  Allegro/Jubilioso - Second Section - Bb Major - Starts off with a snare drum solo - sixthteeth notes/accents/little tricky. This passes to to odd entrances to the trumpets/french horns/full band. Big call and response (two measures) section between low brass and high brass. Lots and lots of sixteenth note runs in the flutes and clarinet sections. I would instantly allow these students to figure these sections out. No accidentals and playable. The ending of this allegro section has lots of accidentals from the low brass. Gb & Db. Be careful to point out the syncopated rhythm that's passed through the entire allegro section. It's eighth, quarter, eighth. This appears a lot. Lots of opportunity to make music in this section too - lots of written dynamics. Very playable overall

2015 Sight-reading

Title:  Entrance into Elysium (?
Composer:  Cliff Jones

Percussion:  Unknown

Key:  F/Bb/F

Tempo:  Moderato marcialle throughout

Time Signature:  4/4, 3/4, 4/4

Notes:  FULL of naturals, especially B natural in melody voices (flute, clarinet and trumpet) Dotted 8th-16th notes prevalent.  “Noodly” ww runs in last third of piece.  Independent trombone and baritone parts.  Rhythms are ok otherwise.  Trumpets have the melody in the beginning and closing section.  The beginning and ending are in F Lydian.  Technie is in the flute section mostly and sometimes doubles the alto sax.  The 3/4 section does not have a clear melody.  in 3/4 section, Alto saxes have 8th notes while clarinets have a "quasi-melody".  Very strange piece, must be played confidently!!!

2014 Sight-reading

Title: Wind Sprint

Composer: Michael Worthington

Tough by playable. Allegro tempo through out with a molt rit near the end. E flat and F. Lots of accidentals leading into the final key change. Basically 4/4 thought out with a 3/4 measure thrown in. Challenging but very readableMore information on Level 6: Eb – F4/4 time, one bar of 3/4Not a long piece at all.IntroWW melody over Tpt/Horn or Tpt/Tbn rhymic motif,Tpt/Alto Sax repeat melodyThere’s a long-note WW melody that’s more the “ballad” section but no real slow section because there isn’t a tempo change. Make sure all quarter notes are held out and counted through.There’s a L’istesso tempo but that means same tempo at the time change. But other than one bar of 3/4 (and that’s supposedly not where this marking is), there’s no time change.In Tpt/horn or tpt/tbn rhythmic motive, it’s important to hold out beat 4.There’s a multi-measure low brass rhythmic motive that’s a bit tricky with a rest on 1 in the middle of the pattern.It's a fairly accessible piece. One of the most accessible ones in recent years.