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A Copland Portrait (Band Set & Score)


A Copland Portrait (Band Set & Score)

Product Number: 8190

Composer: Conte, David



Originally commissioned by maestro Neal Gittleman, A Copland Portrait was premiered by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in January 2000. In March of 2015, First Lieutenant Ryan Nowlin’s transcription of this work for band was premiered by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band under the direction of Lieutenant Colonel Jason Fettig. ECS Publishing is proud to offer both the band and the orchestra version.

Conte on the creation of this overture: “I set out quite consciously to evoke various aspects of Copland's work by combining and recombining them within the terms of my own musical personality. For example, the first theme of A Copland Portrait combines the character of a theme from The Red Pony with the rhythmic texture of the scherzo of the Third Symphony. While composing the piece I was conscious of drawing inspiration from many of Copland's works; a melodic shape here, a harmonic gesture there, until I arrived at something that felt fresh and new to me. A Copland Portrait is cast in a traditional Sonata-Allegro form. After a vigorous, syncopated orchestral tutti, the first theme is announced in the solo oboe, accompanied by a steady eighth-note ostinato. Playful interjections are stated in the flute and bassoon. The syncopated tutti returns; the first theme is stated again, this time in the low winds. This theme builds to a colorful climax, leading into a more dissonant transition section, which gradually slows and gives way to a lilting, more lyrical second theme in the clarinet. After some modest development of the second theme, a more plaintive theme stated in the muted trumpet brings the exposition to a close. A scherzando development section follows; the first four notes of the first theme are inverted and subjected to various contrapuntal treatments. This development section ends with a return of the opening syncopated motive, leading into a recapitulation of the first theme, this time in canon, and the second theme and closing theme, broadly sung. A brilliant toccata-style coda brings A Copland Portrait to a brisk conclusion.”

1st Flute
2nd Flute
1st Oboe
2nd Oboe
English Horn
Eb Clarinet
1st Bb Clarinet
2nd Bb Clarinet
3rd Bb Clarinet
4th Bb Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
BBb Contrabass Clarinet
1st Bassoon
2nd Bassoon
1st Eb Alto Saxophone
2nd Eb Alto Saxophone
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
1st Bb Cornet
2nd Bb Cornet
3rd Bb Cornet
1st C Trumpet
2nd C Trumpet
3rd C Trumpet
1st F Horn
2nd F Horn
3rd F Horn
4th F Horn
1st Trombone
2nd Trombone
3rd Trombone
Double Bass
Mallet Percussion 1 (Xylo., Glock.)
Mallet Percussion 2 (Marimba, Glock.)
Percussion 1 (Trg., Tamb., S.D., Med. Sus. Cym., Lg. Sus. Cym.)
Percussion 2 (B.D., Sm. Tam-Tam)

Additional Information

Product Number 8190
Available Editions A Copland Portrait
Band Version, 8190
Individual Band Replacement Parts, 8297
Orchestral Version, 5656
Orchestral score and parts available for rental.
Composer Conte, David
Arranger/Editor Nowlin, Ryan
Voicing & Instruments Band Set & Score
Recording Credits U. S. Marine Band, LtCol Jason K. Fettig, conductor
Publisher E. C. Schirmer Music Company

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