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Arcadia
Instrumentation: Single Reed Ensemble (flexible parts)
Length: 4'30
Available from Saxtet Pubications

 

Two fun but easy pieces for single reed ensemble with flexible parts. Ideal for school and music service ensembles that have a mixture of clarinets and saxophones! The flexible parts mean that you can balance your ensemble according to the instruments you have.

 

Arcadia was written whilst the composer was working as a guest performer on the ship Arcadia on a transatlantic crossing from Southampton to New York. During the crossing the ship experienced beautiful weather the whole way across the Atlantic, until arriving in New York, at which point dark clouds descended, accompanied by strong winds and torrential rain. Despite staying in New York for four days the cloud never lifted!

 


1. Drifting By
The gentle lilt of this movement portrays a relaxing afternoon sipping cocktails on the deck of the ship while it cruises smoothly across the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. The main tune is shared between the top two parts while the other players provide a lilting accompaniment and harmonies.

 

2. Stormy Arrival
Featuring a dark but groovy bass-line on parts 5 & 6, this is a funky and driving piece, with the main melody being shared between parts 1 & 2. In the middle we hear the ship rocking from side to side perilously and the sound of honking fog horns before the groove returns.

 

The E-Edition PDF bundle comes with the following parts:

Part 1 – Bb instruments
Part 1 – Eb instruments

Part 2 – Bb instruments
Part 2 – Eb instruments

Part 3 – Bb instruments
Part 3 – Eb instruments

Part 4 – Bb clarinets
Part 4 – Bb saxophones
Part 4 – Eb instruments

Part 5 – Bb clarinets
Part 5 – Bb saxophones
Part 5 – Eb instruments

Part 6 – Bb clarinets
Part 6 – Bb saxophones
Part 6 – Eb instruments

Arcadia (single reeds)

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