The highly acclaimed Broadway musical Hamilton has taken the country by storm and already garnered a number of awards, including a Grammy Award for the soundtrack and the Pulitzer Prize for drama. Featuring a masterful blend of hip-hop and R&B, here is the show-stopping My Shot in a terrific arrangement for band that can be performed with or without the optional rap.
This piece was commissioned by the 'Concert Band Vlamertinge' and is a plea for peace: the title translates as 'Peace on Earth'. This is expressed by means of the vocal contribution expected from the performers. In various places of the piece you can recognize, the words 'Et In Terra Pax' - an appeal for peace - at first jumbled together but later more rhythmically structured, developing into synchronized massed voices.The work starts with a pentatonic theme based on the notes D, E, G, A and C (taken from 'ConCErtbAnD VlAmErtinGE' and the name of the conductor, NiCk VAnDEnDriessChe). A somewhat sad melody is developed during an orchestral climax which leads to the first explosion of sound (measure 62 onwards). Suddenly the opening measures are recaptured, albeit with a differently colored sound: the words 'Et In Terra Pax' bring the first movement to a close. A restless Allegro follows which abruptly stops and is replaced by a calming cho-rale-like passage. A narrator reads aloud the poem 'Sonnet' by the young poet Charles Hamilton Sorley, who was killed during World War I. This poem fittingly puts into words the cruelty and senselessness of war. After the expanded recapitulation of the allegro, the broad, almost infinite atmosphere of the beginning returns. Clarinet and English horn play the pentatonic opening theme once more, this time broadly, while the words 'Et In Terra... Pax' are repeated again and again by the rest of the orchestra.The composer has purposely avoided all forms of aggression and bombastic sounds regularly used in works about war. Fear of violence and destruction can be heard and felt during the allegro passages. The charged opening makes way in the end for hope: May peacefulness replace cruelty in everyday life, too. 0:13:48
Moana, Highlights from (Flexible Ensemble - Score and Parts) - Miranda, Lin-Manuel - Vinson, Johnnie
Skilfully arranged for flexible or incomplete instrumentation, here is an entertaining medley that features catchy songs from the composer of Broadway's Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Includes: Where You Are, How Far I'll Go, You're Welcome and We Know the Way.
Disney's blockbuster animated film features catchy songs from the composer of Broadway's Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Here's an entertaining medley for the concert stage that includes: How Far I'll Go, We Know the Way, Where You Are and You're Welcome.
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Music by Richard Storrs Willis, words by Edmund Hamilton Sears / arr. Ralph Ford
Fluid and rich, this arrangement will bring the holiday spirit to all your students and their families. Each section of the band has a chance to present the melody. The crystal clear sounds of this traditional carol arrangement will bring the joy of the holidays to your concert stage on your first winter program. (1:50)Estimated delivery 3-5 days