Kings, Castles & Clouds (2013)

Instrumentation
Piccolo, Flutes 1-2, Clarinets 1-2, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxes 1-2, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax
Trumpets 1-2, Horn, Trombones 1-2, Euphonium, Tuba, Timpani, 5 Percussionists
Percussion Equipment: Bells, Chimes, Marimba, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Gong, Suspended Cymbal, Triangle, Crash Cymbals, Tambourine, Windchimes

Difficulty
Grade 2.5

Length
4'

Program Note

Kings, Castles & Clouds, is divided into three separate sections. The first section is the "King" theme. This section is meant to be majestic and sweeping. Imagine walking into a grand courtroom, gazing upon a wise and stately looking gentleman sitting upon his throne. The following section is a depiction of "Castles." This picture, however, is a slightly skewed outlook on what you may imagine when you think of castles. I imagined a more comical, rather than majestic scene; a more in-depth story evolved. As I wrote, I formulated the story of a princess locked away in a far off tower, as two groups of knights marched forth to rescue her. As the groups meet at the base of the tower, a small scuffle breaks out; the princess watches, somewhat uninterested, from above. After a few measures of the princess shouting down to them through the noise, the knights pause to gaze upon her beauty. Her radiance captures the attention of all those on the ground for a moment, but ultimately causes another outbreak in quarreling, everyone determined to be the one to rescue her. The princess, who has no interest in being rescued by any these silly knights, abandons her effort to catch their attention and resolve the matter, and returns to watching the battle, rather irritated. The third section is a depiction of "Clouds." This section is a slow and floating chorale, intended to be an exercise in tone, dynamics and intonation for the performers, but also serves as a contrast to the majestic and tongue-in-cheek musical material heard earlier in the piece. The clouds slowly fade into the distance, but as they do, the band builds, once again, into an over-the-top restatement of the initial "King" theme that began the piece.

Premiere
June 6th, 2013
Bari Baggett, Conductor
Webster Middle School "A"-Band
Webster Middle School; Webster, MA


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